What is Advocacy?
- Listening to you
- Supporting you to speak up
- Supporting you to make your own choices and decisions
- Supporting you to access your rights as a member of the local community
The aim of advocacy is for people to speak up for themselves as far as possible!
We are able to work with people who can tell us what they want (instructed advocacy) as well as people who are non verbal and have communication difficulties (non instructed advocacy)
Some things an advocate can help with…
- getting the right care and support
- accessing services
- finding out information
- supporting you to make decisions and choices about the important things in your life
- being included in your local community
- making a complaint when things go wrong
- having your say about local and national issues
Who are Advocates?
- Paid staff or volunteers who work in partnership with you
- Trained and checked out so that you are safe
- Independent of the local authority and all other support providers and services
- Non judgemental
- People who keep things you say confidential (unless you or someone else is in danger)
How to get an Advocate?
All professionals (people who work for organisations like health and social care, housing officers, support providers) need to complete one of the following referral forms with as much information as possible:
- Advocacy referral form for Adults (general advocacy for people with a learning disability and autism, physical and sensory impairments or older people)
- Care Act Advocacy referral form (for all care groups excluding mental health)
- Children’s Advocacy for Looked After and Disabled Children
Not sure which referral form to use?
Don’t worry! Fill out the one you think is the most appropriate, and we will discuss the best type of Advocacy with you including what the person may be legally entitled to. You can also use the Care Act Advocacy and the Statutory Advocacy checklists to see if you or the person you are referring is legally entitled to Advocacy.