What advocacy can do
Independent advocacy can help:
- safeguard your rights
- access information
- make sure your voice is heard
Access to independent advocacy
People covered by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (including people who have a mental health issue, a learning disability, autism or dementia) have a legal right to independent advocacy.
The advocate would help them understand their rights, work out their options, express their views and make decisions. The role of the advocate isn’t restricted to mental health situations.
Depending on where you live, you might be able to access advocacy in other situations.
However, everyone can ask for an advocate, and everyone has a right to have someone else present at healthcare appointments.
Watch this video from the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) on how advocacy can help.
If you look after someone and feel you'd like to get your voice heard more effectively, visit Being Heard: a self-advocacy toolkit for carers on the Carers Scotland website.
If you would like more information about independent advocacy, how it can help you and where your nearest advocacy organisation is, visit the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)'s website. The SIAA can help you find an advocate.
Read the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.
The information was last updated on: 16th January 2019