Care Act

The Care Act came in to force in April 2015, creating some new advocacy roles. We support people in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Care Act Advocacy can provide independent help and support with:

  • Needs assessments
  • Carer’s assessments
  • Care and support planning
  • Care reviews
  • Needs assessments for a child
  • Assessment for a child’s carer
  • Keeping safe from harm (safeguarding).

If the local authority believes that someone has substantial difficulty taking part in their assessment or review of their needs, and there is no-one else who can support them, then they have a right to an advocate under the Care Act.

A person may have ‘substantial difficulty’ in one or more of the following areas:

  • Understanding relevant information
  • Retaining information
  • Using or weighing up information
  • Communicating their views, wishes or feelings.

All of our advocates:

  • Have, or are working towards, the National Qualification in Independent Advocacy
  • Are independent of the Local Authority
  • Receive regular supervision and demonstrate competence.

Advocates help people:

  • Understand the process
  • Communicate their views
  • Understand their rights
  • Challenge a local authority decision with which they disagree.

Where does this project operate?

Dorset Advocacy provides the service Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, and works in partnership with Help and Care.

Related Downloads

The following leaflets will soon be available for download:

pdf-icon-small Information for professionals in the Dorset County Council Area

pdf-icon-small Information for the public in the Dorset County Council Area

pdf-icon-small Information for Professionals in Poole

pdf-icon-small Information for the Public in Poole

pdf-icon-small Care Act Leaflet – Easy Read version