Our services in Southampton

We provide the following services:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) support people with issues relating to their care and treatment when they have been detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act. They also help people understand their rights under the Mental Health Act.

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) support people who lack capacity to make decisions about their long term accommodation or serious medical treatment and who do not have any friends or family appropriate to consult.

  • Relevant Person's Representative (RPR)
    What’s this?

    If a DoLS authorisation is in place and there is a Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR), the advocate can support the person, their RPR, or both. If there is no RPR available, the advocate can take on the role of RPR themselves for the period of the DoLS authorisation. The advocate can also take the role of Rule 1.2A Representative if required.

  • Care Act advocacy
    What’s this?

    Independent Care Act advocates support people to understand their rights under the Care Act and to be fully involved in decisions about any care and support they need. This includes local authority assessments, care reviews, care and support planning and safeguarding processes.

  • NHS complaints advocacy
    What’s this?

    NHS complaints advocates support people to complain about the treatment or care that they or a friend or family member have received from an NHS service. This support is available at every stage of the complaints process. 

  • Children and young people’s SEND advocacy
    What’s this?

    Support for children, young people with special educational needs and/​or a disability who are undergoing a transition assessment or being assessed for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for the first time

  • General advocacy in Southampton
    What’s this?

    In Southampton, we provide advocacy for people with substance use disorder; people with learning disabilities who have housing issues to resolve; parents with a learning disability whose child is subject to child protection proceedings; people in hospital who need support to be fully involved in the hospital discharge process.

  • Busy People Advocacy Group
    What’s this?

    We support this local group, where people work together to make sure their views are heard.

  • Learning disability user involvement
    What’s this?

    We involve people with learning disabilities in the local Learning Disability Partnership Board, so that their views are heard in decisions that the local council is making.

  • Rule 1.2A Representative
    What’s this?

    Support if someone is or may be deprived of their liberty in a community or domestic setting.