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What are Advocates and Advocacy?

Advocacy means getting support from an independent person who can help you express your views and wishes and help you stand up for your rights. 

Advocates are independent and are not part of Childrens or Adults services that may be involved in your education, health and care.  

They are adult professionals who can offer you independent support with:

  • making sure you have your say and your views considered by other professionals
  • help you decide what you want to say and how you want to say it in meetings concerning decisions about your education, health and care options.  They can help you with assessments and decision making in planning for your future
  • they can write letters for you, attend meetings with you or go on your behalf if you choose 

Across education, health and social care, the law says that advocacy services to support children and young people with disabilities, should be provided by the local authority and NHS partners.

Below are details of advocacy services who can provide an advocate to support if you live in Wandsworth

 

Education Advocacy

Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Service (WIASS) is the local advocacy service providing advice and support for children/ young people (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) and their parents. Children/young people with SEND can get direct support from the service with or independent of, their parents. This service is provided by the local authority but is impartial and confidential.

For further details of WIASS click here

Social Care Advocacy

Coram Voice Advocacy supports Children/young people aged 0-18 years with SEND, with CIN/CP Plans, CLA and Care Leavers (up to 25 years)

They offer direct support through their free national helpline and at face-to-face meetings. Specialist advocates offer expertise on more complex topics, including problems faced by care leavers, unaccompanied refugees, and those with disabilities or mental health issues.   

To contact Coram Voice Advocacy call 0808 800 5792 or email help@coramvoice.org.uk

For further information and resources about  Coram Voice Advocacy Service click here

 

Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Service (WIASS) is the local advocacy service providing advice and support for children/ young people (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) and their parents. Children/young people with SEND can get direct support from the service with or independent of, their parents. This service is provided by the local authority but is impartial and confidential.

For further details of WIASS click here

 

Rethink is an independent professional advocacy Service for adults (18+ years) needing help with a social care issue.  Under the Care Act (2014), local authorities must ensure that a person is fully involved when their social care and support needs are being reviewed.  The service will be offered when it has been assessed that the person needs support to be involved in care and support processes and has no one else suitable to help them.

For further information about Rethink and how to contact them please click here

 

Hestia provide Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy (IDVA) support and refuge accommodation for victims and their children suffering from domestic abuse. Hestia offer both emotional and practical support to ensure that every service user has a current risk assessment and support plan tailored to their individual needs.

To find out more and how to contact Hestia click here

Health Advocacy

Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Service (WIASS)

WIASS is the local advocacy service providing advice and support for children/ young people (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) and their parents.

Children/young people with SEND can get direct support from the service with or independent of, their parents. This service is provided by the local authority but is impartial and confidential. For further details of WIASS click here

  

Rethink is an independent professional advocacy Service for adults (18+ years) needing help with a health issue.  Rethink can support and empower in navigating the NHS complaints system.  They also offer generic advocacy to support people with a health or social care issue who have no one else who can help them.

For further information about Rethink and how to contact them please click here

 

Healthwatch Wandsworth have advice and information regarding support with an NHS health or care issue or if you need to make a complaint

For further information please click here

 

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

PALS offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. The service can:

  • help to resolve concerns or problems when you're using the NHS
  • tell you how to get more involved in your own healthcare
  • give support regarding NHS complaints procedure, including how to get independent help if you want to make a complaint

PALS offices are generally located in local hospitals.  For further information on PALS and how to contact them please click here

Mental Health Advocacy

The Advocacy People provide mental health advocacy for young people with SEND (0-18years) who are hospital in-patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Advocacy is provided by an IMHA. IMHAs are independent of mental health services and provide advice and guidance on the patient’s rights and options. Advocates can provide support for medication reviews, attending meetings, leave and discharge from ward arrangements, understanding their care and decisions, accessing medical records and input into care planning.

For further information about their service and contact information please click here

 

Rethink  is an advocacy service that can support adults (18+ years) with issues relating to Mental health and Capacity through providing either an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) or Independent Mental Health Advocate. 

An IMCA role is to empower people to express their personal needs and support and represent them in the decision-making process. You are entitled to an IMHA if you are detained under certain section of the Mental Health Act.

An IMHA will help you to understand your rights in relation to your treatment, care and issues relating to being in hospital and access to services in the community, where appropriate.

For further information about Rethink and how to contact them please click here

 

Rethink offer a specialist mental health advocacy service to support young people aged 16-18 years who are in-patients on the deaf wards at Springfield Hospital, Wandsworth.

For further information about Rethink and how to contact them please click here