What is Independent Care Act Advocacy?
You have a right to be involved in decisions made about your care and support, no matter how complex your needs. Independent Care Act Advocacy helps you to be actively involved in the care and support process and make your views, wishes and feelings heard.
Independent Care Act Advocacy (2014) states that some people are legally entitled to have an independent advocate to support them to understand and take part in making decisions affecting the care, treatment and support they receive, or should be receiving.
An advocate can offer support through the following:
- An assessment or review of care
- CHC assessment or review
- Safeguarding (Section 42 enquiry or safeguarding adult review)
What could an Independent Care Act advocate do for me?
- Your advocate will support you to speak up and be listened to
- They will talk to you privately and they will also support you to communicate with others and at meetings
- Your advocate will support you to understand the assessment processes and help you take control to make choices about your care, treatment and support
- An advocate WILL NOT tell you what to do or force their opinions on you