Risk of unauthorised deprivation of liberties following fall in DoLS applications during COVID-19

The CQC has warned that many residents in care homes may be unlawfully deprived of their liberty, following a drop in DoLS applications. Read more

Helping Joe

How our Advocate and the Return to Care process helped Joe, after he was moved from his local area and began to go missing from his residential care placement Read more

Helping Sam to re-imagine his future

Our Return to Care process revealed exploitation in Sam’s life and helped him to re-imagine a better future. Read more

Solicitors challenge the lack of COVID-19 guidance for people in supported living

Solicitors challenge the lack of guidance about COVID-19 for disabled people in supported accommodation, in contrast to the guidance available for residents in care homes. Read more

Implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards has been delayed until April 2022

Care Minister Helen Whately has said the new date will be after April 2022, to give more time for councils, care providers and the NHS to prepare. Read more

Unlocking the shutters of lockdown

The long term impact of shielding and self-isolation needs to be recognised and tackled as we unlock our communities. Read more

Council challenges conflicting guidance about what constitutes an ordinary residence

Worcestershire Council challenges the government's approach that responsibility for funding and care remains with the local authority in whose area the person was ordinarily resident immediately before the first detention in hospital. Read more

Failure to meet needs and refer for Independent Advocacy results in a local authority payout of £60,000

This case demonstrates the importance of access to high-quality advocacy - both as a legal obligation and to prevent avoidable distress Read more

BP V Surrey County Council – Update

The case recognises how the impact of social distancing on people with dementia and their family must be considered when making a best interests decision and designing packages of care. Read more

Protecting vulnerable children – challenging the changes that dilute safeguards

Advocacy Focus supports Article 39's application for a judicial review to ensure children get the care and support they are entitled to. Read more

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting people with learning disabilities

We explore the fact that the death rate of people with a learning disability in care settings more than doubled from the previous year after the peak of COVID-19 Read more

Young women shattered by COVID-19 face an uncertain future

Existing inequalities have been revealed as young women bear the brunt of the crisis. Read more