The duty to provide independent advocacy under the Care Act applies to:
- Adults who need care and support
- Carers of adults (including young carers)
- Carers of children in transition
- Children who are approaching transition to adult services
- Have a substantial difficulty in being fully involved in Local Authority assessment, care planning, review or Safeguarding processes
- Where there is no-one appropriate available to support and represent their wishes.
Care Act Advocacy can also be offered to people who are moving long term accommodation, or where there is a disagreement between the appropriate individual and the local authority AND it is agreed advocacy would be in the person’s best interests.
Find out more about the Care Act Advocacy service
- Frequently Asked Questions, Care Act Advocacy flow chart and guidance on the local authority’s duty to appoint ‘appropriate individuals’
- Download a referral form here
- Use this Accessing Statutory Advocacy flowchart to check if the person has a legal entitlement to any other type of advocacy (we will check all referrals for any other advocacy entitlement and use the same advocate for multiple roles where possible)
- Information for local authorities wishing to use our service other than Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council here
- Telephone 02380 208951 for an informal discussion about making a referral
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries or referrals