Advocacy services offer confidential, free and independent support provided by trained advocates. "Independent" means they are there to represent your wishes without giving their personal opinion and without representing the views of the NHS or the local authority.
If you are having substantial difficulty in understanding our care and support and safeguarding processes then you can ask your family, friend or neighbour to speak on your behalf if they are happy to represent your views. If you are unable to fully participate in conversations about your needs and there is no one that can help you, a care manager will act as your advocate, or we can arrange for an independent advocate.
We have a single advocacy provider for adults and unpaid carers that covers the whole of North Yorkshire that you may wish to contact directly.
This may mean you are unable to:
Children and young people should be listened to and their views taken into account, especially when making plans that directly affect their lives. The national youth advocacy service provides advocates for young people involved with education and social care services who may have an issue they want considered.