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Care Act - Independent Advocacy

Sanctuary Training

Care Act - Independent Advocacy



The aim of the duty to provide independent advocacy is to enable people who have substantial difficulty in being involved in these local authority processes to be supported in that involvement as fully as possible, and where necessary to be represented by an advocate who speaks on their behalf.


This course is intended for:

  • People who have a responsibility for identifying the need for, and arranging for, an Independent Advocate to facilitate the involvement of a person
  • People employed as Independent Advocates (including Independent Mental Capacity Advocates)
  • Managers of all of the above types of roles


This course forms part of the suite of e-learning courses that have been developed to support the implementation of part one of the Care Act 2014. It is based upon the Skills for Care training materials.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and refresher guides.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • What is meant by ‘substantial difficulty’ and four areas where it may be found
  • How to determine if someone has a ‘substantial difficulty’ being involved
  • Who can be an ‘appropriate individual’, and what they are expected to do
  • What independent advocacy is 
  • The role and responsibilities of the independent advocate
  • What an independent advocate is required to know
  • How independent advocates can be supported
  • The interface with the Mental Capacity Act

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