We will always make sure you are involved in the decisions made about your care and support. We will offer you an advocate to help you get the care and support you want and need if you (or someone you care for) finds it hard to:
- understand and remember important information
- use that information in daily life, or
- express views, wishes or feelings
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is helpful for people who find it hard to make decisions about the care and support they need, who feel they are not being actively involved in a decision or who have real difficulty in understanding what is happening. An advocate is a person who works with you to make sure your ideas and wishes are heard and that you get the right care and support for you.
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 so they can 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
Cloverleaf 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
- people with Autism or Asperger's
Your advocate may be able to help you with:
- support at meetings
- getting your views across
- accessing services
For a service professional referral for a client you can complete the advocacy referral form.