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Advocate

A person appointed to speak on behalf of another person and/or to support them, for example when using a complaints procedure or attending a Child Protection Conference as a parent or as a child. All children who are Looked After should be given information about how to access an advocacy service and the child's Independent Reviewing Officers should also make sure that this information is available to the child and assist the child to identify and appoint a suitable advocate is appropriate.

Adults may also wish to appoint an advocate to support them when attending meetings to discuss their care needs. In certain circumstances, an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate may be appointed for them.


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