If you do not feel able to speak for yourself, you can have someone to speak on your behalf. This is also known as advocacy.
Advocacy means having someone who will:
- give your point of view
- be clear about your wishes and tell those who need to know
- advise you of your rights
- speak up if your rights are not central to what everyone working with you thinks about
- make sure your best interests are at the centre of all conversations and decisions
People who undertake this role are called advocates. An advocate assists a vulnerable person to make informed choices and decisions about their own health and social care.
Advocacy is an independent service and is not linked to the people who offer health and social care services.
Advocates do not form their own view of what is best. They will only take into account your wishes make sure that these are heard.
For more information on advocacy see our leaflet.
An easy read version is also available.
Find an advocate
Local organisations who offer an advocy service can be found via Connect to support York.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Mental Capacity
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005, by the Mental Health Act 2007 and came into force on 1st April 2009.
This legislation provides a framework to ensure that deprivation of liberty happens, only under very specific conditions and only when it is in someone's best interests.
For example, some people living in care homes and hospitals may not be able to make their own decisions. They may sometimes lack the capacity to consent to treatment or care and may need, in their own best interests, to be deprived of their liberty.