National Advocacy Conference 2020

 Programme - wed 28th october 

sponsored by

Activist Lawyers and Activist Advocates

9.30 - 10.30    The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A primer for advocates.  Dr Oliver Lewis 

Join Oliver as he takes us through the UNCRPD and explores its key provisions, what this means for people using health and social care and how advocates can use this as they provide support to individuals.



11.00 - 12.00   Water cooler chat.  Debate and discussion.

Join this session if you are interested in how advocates can increase their activism to demand change with people.  The session will be loosely structured to cover the following questions - but there will be plenty of opportunities for you to lead the agenda:

  • Why aren't more advocates taking on the activist role?

  • How do we increase our activism?

  • What does effective activism look like?

12.30 - 1.30  ​Legal challenges through Covid: an overview of cases brought by and on behalf of children through the Coronavirus pandemic.  Oliver Studdart, James Betts Irwin Mitchell

On one quiet night in April 2020, without any scrutiny or public consultation, the government introduced The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  These removed nearly 100 safeguards which protect children and young people who are looked after. Oliver will explore the impact these Regulations had on children's care, its impact on children's rights and the brave journey one charity embarked on to challenge the Government.

2.00 - 3.00  For richer or for poorer: how the law has changed for people needing a house as part and parcel of their care package.  Belinda Schwehr   


In this session Belinda will cover developments in the law:

  • about housing under the Housing Act (deputyship and homelessness)

  • about (free) housing provision as part of s117

  • about (chargeable) housing provision as part of social care

  • why supported living providers, housing associations and investors need to keep up! 

3.30 - 4.30  Using a Deaf Advocate.  Jessica Maryan

This session will be delivered by a Deaf advocate, Jessica Maryan. Jessica has been working as an advocate since 2010. Jessica attended advocacy training sessions where she met Kate. This sparked a strong interest in advocacy and then led to specialising in advocacy for deaf people. Jessica is now a qualified Care Act and Vulnerable Adults Advocate and works predominately in the East Midlands area. During her presentation she will explore:

  • Introduction of using Deaf Advocacy

  • How to work with Deaf Advocates

  • Experiences of Deaf Advocacy

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of using a Deaf Advocate