My new colleague Becky Viney-Wood has joined us as our first policy officer. Becky has been blogging as she meets our members and gets to grips with policy issues on numerous fronts. Here, Becky writes about advocacy and why we should think of advocates as being as necessary in court as interpreters for people who wouldn’t be able to participate without their help:
Two young parents with learning difficulties in Birmingham were deemed to lack capacity to care for their baby, and an interim care order was made…. Read more here.
Becky has also been to meet some of our members in Milton Keynes. She’s inspired by their support for each other:
Karen, Shared Lives officer, and I visited Tim, someone who uses Shared Lives care, for a spot check, to make sure that he is happy visiting his Shared Lives short breaks carer…. Read more here