Care Act Advocacy
Care Act Advocacy is all about ensuring certain people have help from an independent person to understand their options and have their say, when social services consider what care, support or protection they need.
Legislation called the Care Act (2014), makes it compulsory for local authorities to arrange this type of advocacy for free, to eligible people. At its simplest, the Care Act is about ensuring a person’s wellbeing is at the heart about any decisions about their life.
Since April 2015, Reading Borough Council has contracted us to coordinate the local Care Act Advocacy Service, in partnership with local charities that have experience of supporting people with a diverse range of needs, such as learning or physical disabilities or older age. We provide this service from the Reading Voice advocacy hub based at Reading Central Library.
“The advocates have been tremendously client centred,
and have taken time to get to know the clients and work within
their communication needs in a really positive way.”
Reading Borough Council Social Worker