Winchester cathedral | Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group | Choices Advocacy

Choices Advocacy is a founding member of Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group (HARG).

With our HARG partners, Havant and East Hants Mind, Solent Mind and Speakeasy Advocacy, we deliver advocacy across Hampshire, including Care Act, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS) and Paid Representation (RPR).

Choices Advocacy provides advocacy under the Care Act, Childrens and Community Advocacy in South East and South West Hampshire.

For more information about advocacy in other areas of Hampshire please visit the Hampshire Advocacy website.

Care Act Advocacy

The Care Act 2014 states that a person who is having substantial difficulty in engaging with local authority care assessment, planning or review processes, and does not have anyone appropriate to represent them, is entitled to an independent advocate.

This service is available for all care groups (Learning Disability, Autism, Older people, Physical Disability, Substance Misuse, Carers, Young Carers and Young People who are changing from Children’s to Adult services).

This service is available for adults aged over 18 years, or young people who are changing from Children’s to Adult services.

Care Act advocacy referrals should be made by the persons Care Manager/Social Worker. Referrals can also be made by individuals, families/ carers and other organisations but are subject to Hampshire County Council Adult Services confirmation of eligibility for the service.

Childrens – advocacy for Hampshire Looked After and Disabled Children

We can provide advocacy for children and young people in Hampshire (and out of county) where there is an allocated Hampshire County Council Children’s Services social worker AND if they fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Looked After Children or on the edge of care
  • Care Leavers (up to 21)
  • Special Educational Needs or Children with Disabilities aged 5-21 (or up to 25 if in full time education)
  • Young people in Swanwick Lodge (even if funded by other local authorities)

We can take referrals from Hampshire Children’s Services social workers. Children, young people and their families can self refer or other organisations can make a referral (subject to confirmation from Children’s Services that they are eligible for the service).

We provide short term issue based advocacy. Our service is not intended to replace the Independent Visitor service that is available for Hampshire Looked After Children, or provide long term mentoring or befriending support.

Community – advocacy for people with a learning disability or autism

We provide issue based advocacy for adults with a learning disability or autism, as well as self advocacy groups and user involvement opportunities.

We are members of the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and support Board members with a learning disability to be Service User Representatives.

We can work with people who have a learning disability or autism in the following situations:

  • people who are known to Hampshire County Council or those where advocacy support would prevent their care needs becoming more serious or delay the impact of their needs AND who do not have a suitable other person to support them
  • people who need advocacy support to develop Person Centred Plans to inform their care and support plans

We can take referrals from Hampshire County Council social workers/care managers and other organisations. People and their families can self refer to us.

Join in!

Self Advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and what is important to you.

We support self advocacy groups for adults who have a learning disability.

Self advocacy groups work with the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board. We talk about things like, transport, health, support and getting a job. Group members then tell the Partnership Board what people are saying. This makes sure people with learning disabilities are included in the development of their local services.

Group members also take part in training, conferences, consultations and work that tells people about the views of people who have a learning disability.

Please contact us for more information about groups in your area or download a membership form here.