Statutory Advocacy

Sometimes you may be legally entitled to advocacy support. This is called ‘statutory advocacy’. It includes support for people under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Care Act.

Our statutory advocacy services in Gateshead include:

  • Independent Mental Health Act Advocate (IMHA) supports people subject to a Mental Health Act section around their care and treatment, ensuring their rights are upheld. Referrals must be made by the person on a section, their relative or their clinician.
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) helps people who lack capacity, and do not have friends or relatives to support them, to make certain important decisions. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Health Professional.
  • Independent Care Act Advocate (ICAA) supports people’s involvement in care and support assessment, planning and review and safeguarding processes. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Safeguarding Team.
  • Relevant Person’s Representative ensures that the rights of people being deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are protected. Referrals must be made by a Gateshead Social DoLS team.

“When Advocacy Centre North is the advocate, I know the patient is in safe hands”

“I was impressed with the way the client was supported during mental health act assessment. I could see you had a good relationship and that it was helpful having an advocate there”