What is Advocacy?

“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services and support they need” - Darlington Association on Disability [external link].

Wherever possible and in most situations people should be supported by their friends and family to get their views across.

However In some circumstances individuals may be entitled to access paid advocacy. The Council commissions with Darlington Association on Disability to provide a range of specialist advocacy, this includes:

  • Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy (IMHA). When an individual is detained under the mental health act.
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMHA). When an individual does not have capacity to make certain decisions.
  • Relevant Persons Representative (RPR). When an individual is subject to a deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital.
  • Care Act Advocacy. When an individual needs substantial support to engage in the assessment, review or safeguarding process under the Care Act.
  • Court of Protection 3A representative. When an individual is subject to a Deprivation of Liberty and lives in the community.

There are other circumstances when an individual would be offered paid advocacy, however these are seen as good practice rather than a duty. For example support through child care proceedings for someone with a learning disability.

To find out more about paid advocacy contact Darlington Association on Disability: