Professionals and partners Networks Care Act Advocacy Mind in Hackney provides Independent Advocacy under the Care Act 2014 for people who fall under the responsibility of Hackney Local Authority. This is an Advocacy service for people who require support to be involved at any stage of assessment, planning, care review, safeguarding enquiry or safeguarding adult review under the Care Act. The referral must be made by the responsible Health or Social Care professional as soon as it becomes apparent that the person meets criteria for Advocacy involvement under the Care Act. The key criteria are whether the person has substantial difficulty in being involved, and whether there is an appropriate individual from within the person’s friends and family to support their active involvement in the process. The duty to involve the advocate also extends to support for carers who meet the criteria and whose needs are being assessed or reviewed and support of young people who are undergoing transition to adult services. There are also further circumstances where an advocate should be instructed regardless of whether there is an appropriate individual involved. For full guidance on the duty to involve an Independent Advocate under the Care Act, please see Chapter 7 of the Department of Health’s Care and Support Statutory Guidance. To make a referral or for further information, please contact our Care Act Advocacy service on 0208 525 2313 / 07973 362 575 or [email protected]. Read more about the various advocacy services we provide.