Reconstruct provides advocacy services for children and young people in the City of London. Reconstruct offers advocacy support to children and young people who are resident in the City of London with a health, social care or special educational need.
You can make a self-referral or referrals can be made by friends, family members, professionals etc.
If you want to know more or you would like to make a referral to the service, please use the following details;
T 0800 389 1571
Text 01225 780145
Unit 4 Earlsfield Business Centre,
9 Lydden Road, Wandsworth London, SW18 4LT
Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm
Fifteen year old Skye had been living in a kinship placement with her maternal grandparents for 13 years. Following an incident in the home, she was removed and placed in emergency foster placement. She thought this was temporary but was told by Social Care she could not return home to her grandparents.
Skye and her grandparents were not happy about this and it was unclear why she could not stay with her grandparents.
Skye asked an advocate to help challenge the decision made by Social Care. There was a planning meeting the following week. In the meeting, an advocate made it a priority that Skye’s views about wanting to remain with her grandparents were expressed and later helper her make a complaint about how Social Care had handled the situation.
Skye was returned to her grandparents care. Skye and her grandparents were happy with this outcome.
VoiceAbility is the provider of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMCA) for the City of London. The IMCA Service is for people who are not able to make decisions for their own life and need help to express their views.
Visit the VoiceAbility website here
From 2 April 2007, Local Authorities and NHS bodies have had a duty to instruct an IMCA to support an individual if they meet the criteria as laid out in the Mental Capacity Act (2005). This can include
- People with dementia or mental ill health
- People with learning disabilities
- People with physical disabilities
- People who have had a stroke
- People with acquired brain injuries
- People who are unconscious or in a coma
An IMCA must be instructed where:
There is a decision to be made regarding either serious medical treatment or change of accommodation.
The person has no close family or friends to represent their views
The person has been deemed by the Decision Maker not to have capacity to make that decision in accordance with the assessment of capacity as defined in the Act.