Care Act Advocacy

There are times when people need support in their lives to perform basic everyday tasks.

This may be the result of an impairment, illness, injury or as a consequence of older age.

The help they need is assessed by the Local Authority, which has a duty under the Care Act to perform this assessment.

If the person is found eligible for support, the Local Authority must devise a support plan, possibly pay for that support, and then review it on a regular basis.

If the person would have a substantial difficulty in taking part in these processes - and they have no one else appropriate to support them - they have the right to a Care Act Advocate who will support them through the process, and ensure that what is important to them is taken into account.

People who would have a substantial difficulty in taking part in the safeguarding adults process can also request a Care Act advocate.