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Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot

15th December 2021

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Gaddum has been selected as one of 3 services across the country to deliver a ‘Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot’, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

This pilot was commissioned following The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, which found that people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than other ethnic groups, and report worse outcomes during their care and treatment.

In the coming months Gaddum will be working hard to learn about (and overcome) the barriers that people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background can experience when accessing Mental Health services and how culturally appropriate advocacy can improve outcomes.

We will increase access to culturally appropriate advocacy: this is when Advocates can meet the needs of people’s particular religious, cultural or language requirements to help them effectively advocate for the care and treatment they need.

We will do this by providing advocacy services to people in in-patient psychiatric settings, in the community and in one-to-one sessions. We will also provide training and information sessions for small organisations and community groups about the Mental Health Act and Advocacy.

Gaddum will deliver the pilot in partnership with African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS), and Empower Consultants.

For more information about the project, please contact Lily Huggins, Advocacy Manager on lily.huggins@gaddum.org.uk.