Referrals

The above link will take you to our online referral system SPARTAN.

Click here to download the SPARTAN user-guide.

To help reduce the carbon footprint we encourage paperless referrals, however if you would like a paper version of a referral form or to speak to us over the phone, please get in touch here.

For yourself, family or a friend

You can make a referral to Kent Advocacy for yourself, on behalf of a friend or on behalf of a family member for the following types of advocacy support:

If you or your relative/friend has a particular issue for which they need support to:

  • Express their views, wishes and needs
  • Be listened to
  • Know and understand their rights
  • Ensure they can be involved in a decision that needs to be made

AND one of the following apply, please make a referral using the 'Make a Referral' button above, which will take you to our SPARTAN online referral portal.

1) For our Community Advocacy service, one of these needs to apply to you or the relative/friend you are referring to us:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental health difficulty
  • Older person
  • Physical disability
  • Sight impairment
  • Learning disability (note that this community advocacy service is available from age 16)

2) If you want to make a complaint about treatment you have received in an NHS service or service paid for by the NHS. Before making an IHCA referral, we suggest you look at our self-help resources to see what the complaints process involves and what action you may be able to take without involving an advocate.

3) If you or the person being referred is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or subject to recall to hospital, the referral will go to an Independent Mental Health Advocate. An IMHA can help explain how the law applies to the person and how to participate in, or appeal against, the plans made for their care and treatment.

As a professional

If you are a professional working in care or social services, you can make a referral to Kent Advocacy for the following types of advocacy support:

  • Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)
  • IMCA/DoLS
  • IMHA
  • Community Advocacy (ASD, dementia, hearing impairment, mental health issues, older persons, physical disability, sight impairment)
  • Learning disability (note that this community advocacy service is available from age 16)

To make an online ICAA, IMCA , IMHA or Community Advocacy referral, please click on the 'Make a Referral' button above, which will take you to our SPARTAN referral portal.

DoLS referrals have special criteria and a separate process. To contact the DoLS team, e-mail: dols@kent.gov.uk or telephone 03000 415777.

Out of area referrals & spot-purchased advocacy

To enquire about out of area referrals for advocacy, please click here to contact us.

For information about spot-purchasing advocacy, please click here.