These reports generally focus on where the Council has failed to appoint a person an advocate, or when they have failed to sufficiently involve a person’s advocate in it process.
Advocacy is there to help people who will struggle with engaging with Care Act processes, to be heard. The Care Act says that it is a duty and must be provided in certain situations – and then provides for exceptions (where one has someone willing to do it informally and one consents to that happening).
The Council must arrange an independent advocate to facilitate the involvement of the person in their assessment, in the preparation of their care and support plan and in the review of their care if that person will have substantial difficulty in being fully involved in these processes and if there is no other appropriate individual available to support the person. The guidance sets out the role of the advocate and this includes assisting a person to challenge a process or decision by the Council where they are unable to challenge it without assistance.