Frequently Asked Questions

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is about helping people to say what they want, either by saying it for them or giving them the right support to communicate independently.

What are Independent Advocacy Services?

Independent Advocacy Services are organisations that provide services and support to help people say what they want and secure their rights. They are independent of other organisations and services.

Are there different types of advocacy?

Advocacy is diverse and there are a variety of approaches to delivering advocacy. The type of advocacy is dependent on the need of the individual or group. The different types of advocacy can be found in our different types of advocacy section.

Does everyone have a legal right to advocacy?

There has been an increased recognition regarding the role of advocacy in safeguarding people's rights and promoting choice and control over their lives. However, there are only a limited amount of people in specific situations that have a right to advocacy.

How can I find an advocate?

There are extensive services and organizations that provide advocacy.

You can contact us by telephoning – 07799 268751

What is Non-Instructed Advocacy?

There are 2 different types of non-instructive advocacy including those who have capacity but have significant barriers to communication and those who have no capacity.

Advocacy Services Wales provides non-instructed advocacy and more information about this is available on request.

How do I make a complaint against an advocacy scheme?

At this present time, there is no external governing body for advocacy services. However, Advocacy Services Wales has a complaints procedure, which is available on request.

What is an IMCA?

An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) will provide advocacy support to anyone who lacks capacity, and does not have a family member or a power of attorney. This is specifically when making independent decisions about medical treatment or residential care.

What is an IMHA?

An independent mental health advocate (IMHA) provides advocacy support to people who are subject to the mental health act.