Advocacy Centre North is part of Newcastle Council For Voluntary Service

Our statutory services


Statutory advocacy services for people in Gateshead

Advocacy Centre North currently provides the following statutory advocacy services for people in the Gateshead Council area:

Independent Mental Health Act Advocate (IMHA) supports people subject to a Mental Health Act section around their care and treatment, ensuring their rights are upheld. Referrals must be made by the person on a section, their relative or their clinician

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) helps people who lack capacity, and do not have friends or relatives to support them, to make certain important decisions. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Health Professional

Independent Care Act Advocate (ICAA) supports people’s involvement in care and support assessment, planning and review and safeguarding processes. Referrals must be made by a Social Worker or Safeguarding Team

Relevant Person’s Representative ensures that the rights of people being deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are protected. Referrals must be made by a Gateshead Social Worker or Health Professional

Other services - We also provide all types of advocacy on an individually funded basis. This currently includes contracts for out of area statutory cases, personal injury claimants, assistance in court and specialist advocacy for people with autism. We are open to discuss new advocacy contracts where there is a genuine unsupported need, please contact us for more details.

To make a referral or to find our more

To make a referral to our statutory services, either for yourself or someone else, please fill in a referral form hereemail or phone us.

To find out more go to our Statutory Advocacy Guidance for Referrers below. Please ring us on 0191 235 7013 or email us at if you would like to discuss making a referral.