Care Act Advocacy in Walsall
As from 1st July 2017 Advocacy Matters provides Care Act advocacy in Walsall. Social Care teams in the local authority have a duty to make sure that people are fully involved in understanding and making decisions about the care and support they need. For those people who find it very difficult to be fully involved in the care process, independent advocacy is available if they have nobody independent to support them. Individuals may have very supportive family members but they may not be able to attend reviews, assessments or meetings. In this case, the individual would be entitled to a statutory Care Act Advocate.
For eligible people, independent advocates are available to support them to understand, plan for and be involved in their:
- Care assessments
- Care and support planning
- Care and support reviews
- Safeguarding enquiries
- And, for safeguarding adult reviews, previously known as serious case reviews.
Advocates work with individuals to help them make their own decisions, will support people to understand the care and support process they will be involved in and to tell professionals their wishes and preferences about their future care and support needs.
You may be eligible for advocacy support if you are:
- An adult who needs care and support
- A carer
- A child who is making the transition to adult care services
Data Privacy (GDPR)
Walsall Council are the Data Controller for Walsall Care Act referrals. Please be aware that Walsall Council has a new web privacy area and data protection area where privacy and subject access is covered.
The Council also have a new 'How we use your data guide' which is also downloadable within this area at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/About_the_Council/Data_Protection
How to refer
If you are not sure whether you can get a care and support advocate, you can get advice from the Advocacy Matters Team 0121 321 2377
To make a professional referral to the Care Act Advocacy service in Walsall, you can download the form below.
Please complete all the sections of the form. It is very important that all sections of the form are flled in. This information helps our advocates to support the advocacy partner through the relevant Care Act process.
Once you have completed the referral form please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Referrals can be made by authorised staff in the Walsall Social Care team. If you prefer, you can speak directly with someone in the Social Care Team and they can help you understand more.