Advocacy is one person helping another person to make their needs and wishes known. The helping person is called an advocate and the person being helped is called a partner.

Advocacy for All provides a number of one to one advocacy services in South London and Kent.

Bigger voices - better lives

Bigger voices - better lives

Advocacy for people with a learning disability in Kent

Map of Kent

Kent County Council commissions Advocacy for All to provide advocacy for people with a learning disability in Kent. Some people may or may not be known to Families and Social Care within Kent County Council.

Since the project started, we have worked on 1769 referrals.

eligibility criteria

Meet the criteria
To meet the criteria for an advocate you must
  • be over 18
  • have a learning disability
  • be a resident of Kent

making a referral

  • you can make a referral via Kent Advocacy. Our referral number is 0845 832 0044. Calls cost 3p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge. Charges may vary.
  • you can make a referral on this website, click here to make a referral now

assessing the referral

We will talk to you about the referral for an advocate
  • we will talk to you about how an advocate can help you
  • some people can't tell us, we will talk to other people. This is called non instructed advocacy
  • we will advocate for you as soon as we can
  • some people will have to go on a waiting list for an advocate
  • we will keep you informed

working with your advocate

  • your advocate will help you to say what you want
  • go to meetings and find out information
  • help you change your services if you want to
  • work with you when you make a difficult decision
  • help you sort out problems

advocacy agreement

  • your advocate will plan with you
  • you will agree how they will keep in contact with you
  • they will explain what advocacy work they will do for you
  • they will tell you what will happen when the advocacy work is finished
  • you and your advocate will sign the agreement

what people said about us

Sarah wanted to move from her family home. Her advocate Emma Bates helped her to express her views.

Joanne Ames

This is what Joanne Ames, the Communication Facilitator at Kent Community Day Service Scheme in Thanet said:

I have had the pleasure of working with Emma Bates - one of your advocates and need to let you know what an outstanding piece of work she has completed with one of my clients, Sarah.

It certainly has not been the easiest of processes and there have been many difficulties. Emma has been a tower of strength. Her pure dedication to her role as an advocate and her understanding of each individual's needs are second to none. Her passion to advocate for others and speak up on their behalf was quite inspirational.

Sarah at home

With the help, support and dedication Emma has provided, my client is in a home where she is happy, healthy and settled.

Emma is a lady who I feel needs to be recognised for her achievement and I would be most happy to work alongside her at any time with any client in the future.

In my opinion, and many of the staff that have seen Emma work with my client, she is a shining example of what positive and excellent advocacy is all about.

Emma Bates

Hopefully Sarah will give me the same sort of feedback. She did tell me when I last saw her 'I don't need you no more' which in a very strange way was great to hear!

Bigger voices - better lives

Bigger voices - better lives

Community Advocacy in Bexley and Bromley

Advocacy for people with a learning disability, learning difficulty, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome who are living in the community in Bexley or Bromley

You can get help if

  • you are over 18
  • you have a learning disability or learning difficulty
  • you live in Bexley or Bromley boroughs
  • you lead an independent life
  • you get little or no support from services

What can we do for you?

  • we can help you if you have trouble managing your day to day life
  • we can go to meetings with you and help you understand
  • we can help you with housing and employment problems
  • we can get you support if you can't pay the bills and get into debt
  • we can signpost you to our speaking up groups to learn new skills

Bigger voices - better lives

Bigger voices - better lives

Advocacy in Sutton

Map of Sutton
We are providing an advocacy service for people who are eligible for services in Sutton.
Talking and listening
We are working with older people, disabled people and people with mental health issues in Sutton to make sure they are listened to when they are making decisions for now and in the future.

Referrals can be made by

Phone: 0845 832 0044
Email:
Web: Click here

From 1st June 2017 Advocacy for All will deliver the following services:

Care Act Advocacy

Referrals must be made by Sutton Adult Social Services.

To contact Sutton Adult Social Services please call 0208 770 5000

Eligibility:

  • 16 years +
  • The person has substantial difficulty in being fully involved with their assessment, care and support planning and review or safeguarding
  • There is no one appropriate and available to support and represent their wishes
  • If the person meets these 2 conditions, the local authority must refer for an independent advocate.

What does substantial difficulty mean?

  • understanding relevant information
  • remembering information
  • using information to help them be involved in making decisions
  • communicating their views, wishes and feelings

What does appropriate to support mean?

The Care Act says it is not enough to love the person and know them well. They have to be able to support the person to be involved in their care and support. They cannot be employed by the local authority or paid to support the person in another role.

Some people may not have anyone suitable or the person may not want them to be involved.

Advocates get involved in:

  • a needs assessment
  • a carer's assessment
  • a transition assessment
  • the preparation of a care and support plan
  • a review of a care and support plan
  • a safeguarding enquiry
  • a safeguarding adult review
  • an appeal or complaint about a local authority decision

NHS Complaints

Eligibility:

  • Self referrals
  • Any Age
  • Third Party referrals (deceased, child or disabilities)
  • Making a complaint about NHS funded services
  • Resident in Sutton (perm - paying Council Tax in Sutton) or (temp – travelers or holiday makers)

IMCA

Referrals must be made by Sutton Adult Social Services.

To contact Sutton Adult Social Services please call 0208 770 5000

Eligibility:

  • Over 16
  • Lacks capacity to make the decision themselves
  • No one appropriate to consult with
  • Long term move - when a person will stay in hospital for longer than 28 days or when NHS body or local authority is proposing a stay in a care home for more than 8 weeks
  • Serious medical treatment: NHS body is providing, withdrawing or stopping serious medical treatment. This includes treatment that has serious consequences to the individual.
  • In some Safeguarding and Care & Support reviews
  • *Long term move/SMT – must involve IMCA
  • *Safeguarding/Review – may involve an IMCA

IMCA DoLS

Referrals must be made by Sutton Adult Social Services.

To contact Sutton Adult Social Services please call 0208 770 5000

39A IMCA

Eligibility:

  • Referred by DoLS team/Supervisory body
  • Lacks capacity to their care and/or treatment
  • Where the relevant person has no-one appropriate to consult
  • As part of the BIA process

39C IMCA

Eligibility:

  • Referred by DoLS team/Supervisory body
  • Lacks capacity to their care and/or treatment
  • Where there is an RPR who is temporarily unavailable (e.g. on holiday)

39D IMCA

Eligibility:

  • Referred by DoLS team/Supervisory body
  • Lacks capacity to their care and/or treatment
  • Relevant person has an unpaid representative (family or friends)
    This role supports the unpaid representative & relevant person
  • Practicable steps to help the person/RPR understand the DoLS and exercise their rights to apply to court and/or ask for a review

RPR

Referrals must be made by Sutton Adult Social Services.

To contact Sutton Adult Social Services please call 0208 770 5000

Eligibility:

  • Be aged over 18
  • Live in Care home or Hospital
  • Referred by Sutton DoLS office with a form 5
  • Have a DoLS authorisation in place
  • Lacks capacity to their care and/or treatment/accommodation

Professional Advocacy

Referrals must be made by Sutton Adult Social Services.

To contact Sutton Adult Social Services please call 0208 770 5000

Eligibility:

  • Be aged over 18
  • Has Capacity to instruct advocate
  • Short term issue based advocacy
  • Have had a care act assessment – if not eligible for services then not eligible for referral
  • Eligible for Social Care services
  • Referred by Social Worker, Community Care assessor, Occupational therapist or Clinical health team

MAPS Children's Advocacy - Sutton

To make a referral or find out more information contact the Children's Advocacy Team:

Phone: 020 8661 5900
Email:

Children's Advocacy Purpose

MAPS are the Borough providers of independent advocacy for Looked After Children (LAC), Care Leavers and children subject to Child Protection proceedings.

Advocacy is:

  • Available to a child aged 8 and over
  • Child led, enabling children to be on an equal footing with professionals
  • To ensure that a child's views are heard and their rights upheld
  • Provided for LAC and Care Leaver initial and review meetings
  • Provided for initial CP conference and reviews
  • Provided to assist with complaints

Bigger voices - better lives

Bigger voices - better lives

Young People Advocacy Project

Who is this project for?

Young people
  • young people with a learning disability
  • young people with Autism
  • vulnerable young people
  • young people aged 10 - 18
  • young people living in Bexley, Bromley or Lewisham

What will the project do?

Young person looking at a home
  • 1:1 advocacy support - to make sure children and young people have a say in planning their future lives
Signpost
  • have Advocacy Huts in schools, young offenders units, pupil referral units and community bases. A place where young people can express their views
Peer support group
  • provide peer support groups - children and young people will support each other to access mainstream community activities
  • support children and young people to be more independent
Mate crime
  • raise awareness of Hate and Mate crime

For more information