Parental Advocacy

Section 1.5 of the Department of Health’s Good Practice Guidance on Working with Parents with a Learning Disability states that independent advocacy should always be provided to parents with learning disabilities when their children are subject to child protection and/ or care proceedings and that it should be offered from an early stage.
The Purpose of Parents Advocacy is to assist parents, who have a significant difficulty being involved in the process to fully engage in assessments and to understand the complex statutory processes within Children’s Social Care, Where there is no one appropriate or available to facilitate and represent their views. The provision aims to build the individuals confidence and self-esteem.



Go to Professional Referral Page to download a referral form.


In Stoke-on-Trent Asist is providing advocacy for parents:


The person requiring support is a parent of a child/ children that are open to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Children’s Social Care; and

  • The person has a diagnosed Learning Disability, which leads to them having substantial difficulty in one or more of the following areas:


  • Understanding relevant information

  • Using or weighing up information

  • Retaining information

  • Communicating their views, wishes and feelings; and

There is no one appropriate or available to facilitate the person’s active involvement in the process.

Referrals into the Parents Advocacy service will only be accepted upon receipt of detailed referral information that outlines any risks that need to be considered.
Referrals will only be accepted from the following Stoke-on-Trent City Council Children’s Social Care staff unless authorised by the Lead Commissioner:

  • Principal Managers

  • Practice Managers

  • Social Workers

  • Assistant Social Workers

  • Conference and Review Managers

  • Independent Reviewing Officers


Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.


Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.


Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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Asist Advocacy Services is a registered charity number: 1048075
Asist is a company registered in England - company number: 3068125
Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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