The Care Act mandates local authorities to provide an Advocate for those who may experience substantial difficulties in understanding the process or information given during the following:
- Care assessments
- Care and support planning
- Care and support reviews
Care Act advocates work with people to support them in being actively involved in their care review, assessment and support process.
- Support the client to prepare for their care assessment, meetings or safeguarding enquiries
- Help the client to understand the care and support processes and options available to them
- Ensure that the client feels able to give their views and wishes about their care and support needs
- Work closely with the client so that they are able to make their own decisions
- Support clients and represent them where necessary to challenge decisions if or when it is felt their views, concerns or wishes have not been taken into account or considered.
For Legislation relating to the governance of advocacy please select the relevant link below:
- The Care Act 2014 - click here
- The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - click here
- The Mental Health Act 1983 - click here
- The Equality Act 2010 - click here
- The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 - click here