Adult health and social care

Help to make decisions about your care and support


We'll always make sure you're involved in the decisions we make about your care and support.  

We'll offer you an advocate if you (or someone you care for) are finding it hard to:

  • understand and remember important information
  • use that information in daily life
  • express views, wishes or feelings

They can help you get the care and support that you need.

What is advocacy?

An advocate is a person who works with you to make sure your ideas and wishes are heard. They'll help you get the right care and support for you.

Advocacy is helpful for people who:

  • find it hard to make decisions about the care and support they need
  • feel they aren't being actively involved in a decision
  • have real difficulty in understanding what's happening

Who is advocacy for?

Advocacy is useful for:

  • children and young adults
  • an adult whose care and support needs are being assessed or reviewed
  • a carer whose needs are being assessed
  • people who are being assessed during a safeguarding enquiry

How an advocate can help you

Advocates are independent from the council, the NHS, your doctor and other healthcare services.  

Your advocate will get to know you. This will help them to support and represent you when decisions are made about your care. Your advocate will make sure that your wellbeing and interests are always carefully considered.

They can help you to:

  • understand the care and support process
  • talk about your wishes, views and feelings
  • make decisions
  • challenge decisions about your care and support if you don't agree with them
  • understand your rights
  • support you in the safeguarding process, if necessary

Please ask us if you want us to arrange an advocate for you.  

Barnsley advocacy service

Rethink Advocacy provides free and confidential support to vulnerable adults over the age of 18.  It's independent from the council and you can refer yourself. They can help:

  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with physical or sensory disabilities
  • people who have mental health issues
  • older people
  • carers
  • people with autism or Asperger's

 Your advocate may be able to help you with:

  • support at meetings
  • getting your views across
  • accessing services

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