Care Act Advocacy

Care Act 2014

The main purpose of the Care Act is to support people to get the outcomes that matter to them in their life. It has to focus on the needs and goals of the person and put them at the centre of all decisions.

The Care Act says local authorities must make sure all adults in their area have access to information and advice on their care and support and to keep them safe from abuse and neglect.

The Care Act applies equally to adults with care and support needs and their carers. In some cases, it applies to children and young carers. It also applies to young people over 16 who are in transition to adult services. The Care Act includes prisoners.

The person's wellbeing has to be at the centre of every decision that is made.

The Care Act guidance says that wellbeing covers 9 areas:

  • personal dignity and treating the person with respect
  • physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • protection from abuse and neglect
  • control by the person of their everyday life. This includes how and where their support is provided.
  • being involved in work, education, training and leisure
  • social and economic wellbeing
  • domestic, family and personal relationships
  • living in a suitable place
  • being involved in the community

The local authority needs to look at the parts of the person's wellbeing that are most important to them.

Local authorities must:

  • involve people in decisions that are made about them and their care and support;
  • help people to express their wishes and feelings. Support people to make choices and help them to make their own decisions.

Care Act Advocacy

Independent advocacy is about giving the person as much control as possible over their life. It helps them understand information, say what they want and what they need.

Not everyone is entitled to advocacy under the Care Act. There are 2 conditions:

  • 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.