The council supports people to be as involved as they can in Adult Social Care processes especially in social care decisions that affect them.
The council will arrange an Independent Care Act Advocate to support and represent anyone who is:
- likely to have substantial difficulty in taking part in their assessment, planning their care and support, revising their support plan or in enquiries about abuse or neglect, and
- has no-one appropriate to support and represent them
Advocates can support and help people to make their views known if they:
- find it hard to understand, retain and use important information or
- have trouble communicating their views, wishes and feelings, or making decisions.
An organisation called POhWER provides various types of independent advocacy throughout Gloucestershire on behalf of the council. POhWER also provides information and advice to people who want to make their own views known to Adult Social Care or would like to support and represent others to do so.