What is an advocate?

An advocacy service is provided by an advocate who is independent of social services and the NHS, and who isn’t part of your family or one of your friends.

An advocate’s role includes arguing your case when you need them to, and making sure the correct procedures are followed by your health and social care services.

Being independent means they are there to represent your wishes without giving their personal opinion and without representing the views of the NHS or the local authority.

An advocate can help you access information you need or go with you to meetings in a supportive role. You may want your advocate to write letters on your behalf, or speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.

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