Statutory advocacy services for people in Gateshead

Advocacy Centre North currently provides the following statutory advocacy services for people in the Gateshead Council area:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)
  • Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)
To make a referral or to find out more

To refer to our Gateshead statutory services please download our Statutory Advocacy Referral Form and email it to us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To find out more information please view our Guidance for Referrers. Please ring us on 0191 235 7013 if you would like to discuss making a referral.

To refer to any of our community services go to our community services.

Independent Mental Health Act Advocate (IMHA) supports people subject to a Mental Health Act section around their care and treatment, ensuring their rights are upheld. Referrals must be made by the person on a section, their relative or their clinician

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) helps people who lack capacity and do not have friends or relatives to support them, to make certain important decisions. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Health Professional

Independent Care Act Advocate (ICAA) supports people’s involvement in care and support assessment, planning and review and safeguarding processes. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Safeguarding Team

Relevant Person’s Representative ensures that the rights of people being deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are protected. Referrals must be made by a Gateshead Social Worker or Health Professional

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