It can be difficult to say what you want to say when you are dealing with health, care or education professionals. Where these situations feel intimidating or you are concerned you are not going to be able to say what you want, an independent advocate can help.
An advocate is an independent professional who is on your side. They can support you to have your say and know your rights.
Advocates don’t work for the council, the NHS, or care providers. When you work with an advocate, they will keep things confidential. You don’t need to pay for an advocate.
An advocate will:
An advocate will not
In some cases, your local authority will have a duty to arrange and pay for an independent advocate for you. This is called statutory advocacy.
For this, you must meet the following criteria:
If you meet both of these criteria, the local authority have a legal duty to provide you with an independent advocate. In Bedfordshire this is provided by Voiceability