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Advocacy for All

The service offers autism peer group support groups. Sometimes you may feel you are not being listened to, for example by health and social care professionals, or by those who provide services, or even perhaps your own family, and you may feel unable to communicate or express yourself in order to get your own view point across. An Independent Advocate is someone who will support you to ensure that you views and rights are respected, that you are treated fairly, your concerns are taken into account and you have real control over the big decisions in your life.  Advocates can help you speak up at meetings, deal with difficult issues and help understand important decisions that are being made. They are professionally trained, fair and impartial, and the service is completely confidential and independent of the local authority.

Who to contact

0345 310 1812

Where to go

Advocacy for All
Main Road
DA14 6QS

Other Details

Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Some Advocacy is governed by legislation and there are strict eligibility criteria. To access an Independent Advocate people must be referred by health or social care professionals, or in some cases by care homes providers.


When should a referral not be made?

  • When serious medical intervention is needed immediately.
  • When treatment is regulated by Part 4 of the Mental Health Act.
  • Where accommodation is needed urgently.
  • Where restrictions are placed on an individual's accommodation under the Mental Health Act


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