Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and to help make sure your voice is heard. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate.

When a health or social care professional needs to make a decision about someone, an advocate can make sure that:

  • you are in control of decisions which are made about you
  • your wishes and feelings are heard and considered
  • you can contribute to improving the health and care services you use