Care Act Advocacy is a statutory service available for people who may have substantial difficulty in being fully involved with decisions made about them and their care and support. This includes:
- needs assessments and reviews
- carer assessments and reviews
- care and support planning
- safeguarding processes
In order to be eligible for advocacy support a person must also have no one else who is willing and deemed appropriate who could support or represent them through the processes.
If these criteria are met the local authority has a duty to arrange for an independent advocate.
This duty applies in all settings including the community, care homes or prison.