Choices Advocacy are working in partnership with Solent Mind as Advocacy South to deliver advocacy services in Southampton.
Choices Advocacy provides advocacy under the Care Act, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) advocacy, Community advocacy (excluding mental health) and self advocacy.
For more information about Advocacy South and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS), Paid Representation (RPR) and Community mental health advocacy please visit Solent Mind website.
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 Southampton City Council Adult Services confirmation of eligibility for the service.
The Children and Families Act 2014 says that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have substantial difficulty in taking part in their assessments and do not have anyone appropriate to support them are entitled to an independent advocate. Advocates can support the young person with their new Education Health and Care Plan (EHC).
Self advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and what is important to you. The Hub is a self advocacy group for people who have a learning disability. The group talk about issues that are being talked about at Southampton Partnership Board, for example health, transport, support and getting a job.
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.
We provide independent 1:1 short term issue based advocacy for adults aged 18 yrs over in Southampton who meet eligibility criteria. Priority will be given to those at risk, parents who have a learning disability, issues relating to safeguarding and those experiencing major life changes.
Advocacy empowers people to speak up and have their views and wishes heard. It helps people access their rights and be included as members of their community.