Darlington

There is a wide range of advocacy support available in for people who live in Darlington.  The advocacy services that DAD provide in Darlington and their referral process and guidance are described below. The team are happy to discuss with referrers informally what the most appropriate type of advocacy may be.

Please ring 01325 360524 and ask for the advocacy team, you can also email advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

General guidance:

Please email or post your referral forms.  We will acknowledge receipt of the referral within 48 hours (working days).  If you have not had acknowledgement within this time please contact us.

It is essential that we are aware of any risks there maybe for advocates whilst undertaking their role.

We allocate referrals as soon as possible and aim that all people referred for an advocate will have contact with their advocate within 10 working days.  Where there is urgent need for an advocate,  we will aim to respond to these referrals much quicker.  Examples of urgency include urgent safeguarding referrals.  

The advocate will always contact the referrer to introduce themselves.  However, if you need the advocate to contact you prior to contacting the person, please indicate this on the form.

When there is a particularly high demand for advocacy, referrals will be allocated based on the date we receive the referral, and in some circumstances the level of urgency.

We ask professionals to take into account sufficient time for an advocate to be allocated, get to know the person and plan the advocacy journey.

Please note when sending referrals forms to us the sender is responsible as the Data Controller, ensuring it is sent via an appropriate and secure method.  If needed, the document should have a password Referrals can be sent advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

 

Specialist Mental Health Advocacy:

This service is available for people with identified mental health needs and are a resident of Darlington and are registered with a Darlington GP.  An advocate can support people through the process of getting the right support and treatment.  As part of this service we also run a weekly drop in service for informal inpatients who live in Darlington at West Park Hospital, to ensure they have access to advocacy during their stay.  Please note if a person is detained under the Mental Health Act or subject to a Community Treatment Order or Guardianship please refer for an IMHA.

Individuals can make a self referrals  by calling 01325 360524 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) or emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Professionals should request a referral form by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

This service is funded by the Darlington and Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

 

Support for victims of crime who have mental health needs:

This service can support victims of crime who have an identified mental health need.  It can support the person to understand information, consider their options and express their views through the criminal justice system.  It also can support victims to access support to cope and recover from the impacts of the crime.

Individuals can make a self referrals  by calling 01325 360524 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) or emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Professionals should request a referral form by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

This service is funded by Durham and Darlington Police, Crime and Victims Commissioners Office.

 

Hate Crime Advocacy Service:

In partnership with Show Racism the Red Card, DAD can support victims of all types of Hate Crime. Click here to find out more about Hate Crime and also this project.

Individuals can make a self referrals  by calling 01325 360524 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) or emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Professionals should request a referral form by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org or telephone 01325 360524.

 

Statutory and  General Advocacy:

DAD are commissioned by Darlington Borough Council to provide the following types of advocacy. 

 

Independent Mental Health Advocacy  (IMHA):

Please click IMHA for more information and eligibility.

Individuals can make a self referrals  by calling 01325 360524 (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) or emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Professionals should request a referral form by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org.  It is important that we are made aware of the type and starting date of any section the person is detained under.

We urge hospitals to make referrals as early as possible, particularly for people who are detained under section 2 of The Mental Health Act to ensure the person is supported to understand their right of appeal.

 

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA):

Please click IMCA for information on eligibility and further information.

Referrals must be made by the appropriate decision maker.  The referral form must be completed, the most up to date referral form can be requested by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

In exceptional circumstance a referral can be accepted via telephone, however these circumstances are not the norm due to the legal nature of the advocacy.

Please refer as early as possible to allow enough time for an advocate to be allocated and the work involved to be undertaken to a high standard.  We request that where an advocate is required to attend a meeting that a date is set in consultation with the advocate allocated allowing enough time for the advocate to meet the person and gather their views.  An IMCA will always submit a report, however a verbal report may be given where timescales are tight.  Please ensure a capacity assessment has been undertaken for the decision prior to making the referral.  Please ensure the information regarding the specific decision is clear as possible.

 

Care Act Advocacy:

Please click Care Act Advocacy for further information and eligibility.

The referral must be made by the social worker undertaking the assessment, planning or review.  The referral form must be completed, the most up to date referral form can be requested by emailing advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

In exceptional circumstance a referral can be accepted via telephone, however these circumstance are not the norm due to the legal nature of the advocacy.  Please refer as early as possible to allow enough time for an advocate to be allocated and the work involved to be undertaken to a high standard.  We request that where an advocate is required to attend a meeting that a date is set in consultation with the advocate allocated  allowing enough time for the advocate to meet person and gather their views. Where this is not possible, it may not be appropriate for the advocate to attend the meeting.

 

General / Non statutory  Advocacy

Referrals can be made by social workers employed by Darlington Borough Council.

We request that where an advocate is required to attend a meeting that a date is set in consultation with the advocate allocated allowing enough time for the advocate to meet the person and gather their views.

Please email advocacy@darlingtondisability.org if you need a copy of the referral form.

 

Deprivation of Liberty:

DAD provides advocates to people who have been Deprived of their Liberty under the Mental Capacity Act or via the Court of Protection.

For people living in a care home or staying in hospital:  a Relevant Person Representative is appointed.  Referrals can only be made by the councils supervisory body.

For people living in the community:  DAD can provide a 1.2 representative as part of the Court of Protection Authorisation Process.  This entails the advocate getting to know the person’s views about their care and support. The 1.2 representative (advocate) is also required to scrutinise the care and support plan to check it is in the person’s best interests and least restrictive.  The advocate is required to write a report for the Court of Protection.  Once the court has authorised the deprivation, the advocate is then ordered by the court to maintain contact with the person and check the implementation of the care and support plan.

The Referral must come from the social worker who can email advocacy@darlingtondisability.org if you need a copy of the referral form. 

Please note:  Whenever a new authorisation is needed by the court (i.e. when it is reviewed) a new referral for a 1.2 representative is also needed.

It is important that the person has an up to date care and support plan for this process and for the advocate to undertake their role.  If this needs reviewing a Care Act referral will also be needed (see above), unless the person has an appropriate person to support them through the process.  This person cannot be someone who is paid to provide care and support for person.

 

We can also act as litigation friend as part of the Court of Protection Process, however this needs approving with the council’s supervisory body and commissioner and separate referral. Please telephone 01325 360524 to discuss further.

 
 

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