Our Care Act Advocacy Service

Care Act Advocacy is all about ensuring certain people have help from an independent person to understand their options and have their say, when social services consider what care, support or protection people need.

Legislation called the Care Act 2014, makes it compulsory for local authorities to arrange this type of advocacy for free, to eligible people. At its simplest, the Care Act is about ensuring a person’s wellbeing is at the heart about any decisions about their life.

Since April 2015, Reading Borough Council has contracted Healthwatch Reading to coordinate the local Care Act Advocacy Service, known as Reading Voice. 

Reading Voice is a partnership of local charities that provide advocates with experience of supporting people with a diverse range of needs, such as learning or physical disabilities or older age.

Download the Reading Voice leaflet.

Who is eligible for Care Act advocacy?
How does an eligible person access a Care Act advocate in Reading?
How do social workers or other professionals make a referral?
What does a Care Act advocate do?
What training and standards do Care Act advocates follow?
Which charities are part of Reading Voice?
Care Act Advocacy in action: case studies