National Advocacy Conference 2021

 Programme - tues 2nd november

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9.30 - 10.30     LPS - where are we now? How can advocates use the LPS to
                         achieve practical outcomes. Mat Culverhouse, Irwin Mitchell

The Liberty Protection Safeguards are due to be launched in April 2022 and will significantly extend the scope of protection for people under restrictive care arrangements, beyond those found in the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  This session will explore the practical benefits, such as improved care provision, which can be obtained via s21A Court of Protection challenges under the current DoLS regime, and how under the LPS people in a much wider range of settings, including supported living, will be more easily able to bring such challenges and obtain these practical benefits.

11.00 - 12.00   Returning to advocacy principles. Why we do what we do. Gail Petty, NDTi

As advocacy grows in an ever changing world, it is critical we don't lose sight of what we are here to do, the people we serve and the principles which must underpin all of our actions. In this session Gail will look at how we can return to advocacy principles and embed these in all that we do.

12.30 - 1.30   My life as a self advocate. How and why I chose advocacy.  Chloe Harris 

Chloe is going to share her story of how/why she became an advocate and how her knowledge and experience has developed because she also lives in the system.

2.00 - 3.00  2.00 - 3.00 Sexuality, relationships and incapacity.  Peter Edwards, Peter Edwards Law

Peter will explore the thorny issue of sexuality, relationships and incapacity. Advocates need to know how decisions are made where there is uncertainty about the person's capacity to consent to sexual relationships, particularly where there is no concern about the relationship being exploitative. Join this session to explore the issues presented by the Mental Capacity Act which tells us that if you lack capacity to engage in sexual relationships, that is it, you cannot do it. Even if you have been married to that person for 60 years.


3.30 - 4.30 Effective care and support planning for Deaf people.  Jessica Maryann


In this session Jessica will discuss communication with deaf people and the use of jargon in care planning and to ensure they understand their rights during the care planning process.