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Providing Independent Advocacy under the Care Act 

Since April 2015, people have had the right to be more involved in the assessment of their care needs by local authorities, planning the support they require and how money will be spent on their care.  This right is also extended to carers, for instance those who provide care to relatives or friends.  The Care Act also extends the right for eligible people to have independent advocacy to help them be actively involved in their care and support assessment, planning and review. Eligible people are those who have substantial difficulty in being involved in these processes and who have nobody else suitable to help them.

seAp is delivering Independent Advocacy under the Care Act in several areas across the south of England. The local authority’s social care teams (and designated organisations) can make a referral to our service for you.

seAp ICAA leaflet

We will be able to:
  • support you to prepare for your care assessment, meetings or safeguarding enquiries
  • help you to understand the care and support processes and options available to you
  • help you feel able to give your views and wishes about your care and support needs
  • work with you so that you are able to make your own decisions
  • support you and represent you when appropriate, and to challenge decisions made if it is felt that your views have not been taken into account
Easy words and pictures. Easy Read H Click here for an Easy-Read guide to Independent Care and Support Advocacy                                                       
To download the seAp Care Act Advocacy referral form please click below.

Please note that our ICAA services in Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and West Sussex use different referral procedures. Please go to the relevant local authority seAp web page for more information.

This service is provided by seAp in the following local authority areas:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Cornwall
  • Essex
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Kent
  • Plymouth
  • Torbay
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Wokingham