Care Act Advocacy
What is Care Act Advocacy?
The Care Act 2014 is a new law which came into force on 1st April 2015. It says that some people are legally entitled to have an independent advocate to support them to understand and participate in their health and social care assessments, support plans, reviews or safeguarding enquiries. This can be for assessments for your own care needs, or for your needs as a carer.
When can I get a Care Act Advocate?
You may be entitled to an independent Care Act advocate to support you through Care Act assessments, support plans, reviews or safeguarding enquiries if
- You would find it difficult to be actively involved in your care and support plans without an advocate and
- You do not already have someone suitable who can help you.
What will a Care Act Advocate do?
An advocate is somebody to be on your side. They can help you to understand the assessment processes, to say what is important to you, to speak up on your behalf if you want and above all to support you to have choice and control over your own care and support. An advocate can visit you at home, or another place of your choosing and can accompany you to meetings.
How do I get a Care Act Advocate?
Referrals for independent Care Act advocates need to be made by a professional such as a social worker. Members of the public cannot self-refer to this service.
Referral forms for professionals are available here and should be securely emailed using password protection or via Egress to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about eligibility or referral, please telephone 0161 214 3904.
For more detailed information about Care Act Advocacy please see Guidance Notes for Care Act Advocacy
For more information about the Care Act see