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Professional Referral

Your life. Your choice. Your voice.

Care Act Advocacy

Independent advocacy must be made available to people who have ‘substantial difficulty’ in being fully involved in the care and support process:

  • Care assessment
  • Care and support planning and care reviews
  • Safeguarding enquiries
  • Safeguarding adult reviews

For more information about Care Act Advocacy


Referral form for a Care Act Advocate can be found here

Who should get an IMCA?

An independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) must be instructed for people in the following circumstances

  • The person is aged 16 or over
  • A decision needs to be made about either a long-term change in accommodation or serious medical treatment
  • The person lacks capacity to make that decision, and
  • There is no one independent of services, such as a family member or friend, who is “appropriate to consult”

An IMCA may also be provided to people for other decisions concerning

  • Care Reviews or
  • Adult Protection

In adult protection cases an IMCA may be instructed even where family members or others are available to be consulted.

Find more details about the IMCA service here


Referral form for an IMCA here

IMHA Qualifying patients

IMHAs work with a specific group of qualifying patients. These people are all entitled to speak with an IMHA by law. The legislation requires mental health service staff to inform them of their right to an IMHA.

People who are eligible to use IMHA services in England are:

  • people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 amended in 2007 (even if on leave of absence from the hospital), but excluding people who are detained under certain short term sections (4, 5, 135, and 136)
  • conditionally discharged restricted patients
  • people subject to guardianship
  • people subject to supervised community treatment orders (CTOs).

Other patients, who are informal, are eligible for IMHA services if they are being considered for section 57 or section 58A treatment (i.e. treatments requiring consent and a second opinion). This includes people under the age of 18 who are being considered for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Find more details about the IMHA service here


IMHA referral form here

Parents with a Learning Disability Advocacy Service

Parents with learning disabilities can be good enough parents with the correct support.  We are funded by the Local Authority (LA) to provide advocacy to parents with LD going through child protection of family proceedings.

There are five key features of good practice in working with parents with learning disabilities:

1. Accessible information and communication

2. Clear and co-ordinated referral and assessment procedures and processes, eligibility criteria and care pathways

3. Support designed to meet the needs of parents and children based on assessments of their needs and strengths

4. Long-term support where necessary

5. Access to independent advocacy.

More detail here FINAL 2021 WTPN UPDATE OF THE GPG.pdf (

Parent with LD referral form

Vulnerable Parents Advocacy Service

We provide advocacy to vulnerable parents who are going through child protection or court proceedings.  We can work with those parents who may have mental ill health, autism, young care leavers, ADHD anyone who requires advocacy support to enable them to fully engage in meetings and processes affecting their family life.

This service requires funding direct from the service making the referral usually children or adult social care.

We can provide this service in Swindon and the surrounding areas / local authorities.

For details of costings please contact the service manager

Vulnerable Parent referral form here

Community Projects


Adult Community advocacy project promoting independence skills and inclusion for adults with a Learning Disability.

Referral form here

Community Advocacy for Adults with a Learning Disability and / or Autism

To provide an independent accessible free advocacy service for people with a learning disability or autism. Self referrals welcome. Who meet the following criteria:

Aged 18+

Living in the Swindon area

Experiencing crisis or significant difficulties in the following areas:

Accessing Mental Health Services

Maintaining independence

Maintaining Family Life

Email for a referral form or more information

Spot Purchase Advocacy

If you have a client who lives outside of Swindon we can provide advocacy on a Spot Purchase basis.  If you have a specific need for some short term advocacy we can help.  We have multi skilled advocates qualified to work with children, young people and adults with support needs. We can provide advocacy in and around Swindon for any advocacy need not covered by the services listed above. 

Please contact to discuss any potential work.