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Make your voice heard

Advocacy is when someone supports you to speak up, or speaks on your behalf, to ensure you are involved in decisions made about you. Some people have a legal right to an advocate.

Advocacy services offer confidential, free and independent support provided by trained advocates. "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.

Advocacy for adults

If you are having substantial difficulty in understanding our care and support and safeguarding processes then you can ask your family, friend or neighbour to speak on your behalf if they are happy to represent your views. If you are unable to fully participate in conversations about your needs and there is no one that can help you, a care manager will act as your advocate, or we can arrange for an independent advocate.

We have a single advocacy provider for adults and unpaid carers that covers the whole of North Yorkshire that you may wish to contact directly.

What do we mean by "substantial difficulty"?

This may mean you are unable to:

  • Understand relevant information;
  • Remember or recall information;
  • Make decisions or understand the impact of a decision; or
  • Communicate your views, wishes and feelings.

Advocacy for children and young people

Children and young people should be listened to and their views taken into account, especially when making plans that directly affect their lives. The national youth advocacy service provides advocates for young people involved with education and social care services who may have an issue they want considered.

This page was last updated on 31 March 2016