Advocacy Under the Care Act

The Care Act 2014 came into effect on 1st April 2015. The Act introduces principles of wellbeing and prevention and the recognition that an individual, their family and/or carer must be enabled to make decisions regarding their own care.


The Care Act places a new duty on local authorities to provide access to independent advocacy to those who would have substantial difficulty in being involved in care and support ‘processes’ and have no appropriate or available individual(s) who can support their involvement.

Go to Professional Referral Page to download a referral form.


In Stoke-on-Trent Asist is providing advocacy under the Care Act to: 


• Adults with care and support needs

• Carers with support needs 

• Adult carers of a young people in transition



The Care Act extends the right for eligible people to have independent advocacy to help them be actively involved in their care and support process, including:


• an adult’s needs assessment 

• a carer’s assessment 

• the preparation of an adult’s care and support plan or support plan 

• a review of an adult’s care and support plan or support plan 

• a safeguarding enquiry 

• a safeguarding adults review

A referral can only be made from a social worker


Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.


Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.


Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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Asist Advocacy Services is a registered charity number: 1048075
Asist is a company registered in England - company number: 3068125
Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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