Advocacy means having someone who will help you express your views and stand up for your interests if you need help to do this.
An advocate can help you gather and understand the information required to make decisions about your health and social care. Examples may include:
- Helping you if you have difficulty in understanding and being involved in an assessment or a review of your support, and there is no one else appropriate to support you.
- Helping you understand how to make a complaint, how to put together information about what you think has gone wrong and what you think should happen.
For further information on Advocacy you can view the Lincolnshire County Council website. This includes information about the Local Authority's duties under the Care Act 2014. It also provides information regarding its duties under the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act.
The Lincolnshire County Council website also provides information on the types of people who can act as an Advocate, and also gives further information about VoiceAbility and POhWER which are organisations which provide advocacy services.