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Advocacy in social care for groups protected under equality legislation

The provision of advocacy forms an increasingly important part of the social care agenda, particularly in relation to personalised care. Its availability, though, varies by locality. There is little information about the availability of advocacy for people in the groups protected by equality legislation: people who share characteristics relating to age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation (as set out in the Equality Act 2006 and subsequently in the more wideranging 2010 Act). The purpose of this study was to fill this gap and assess the extent to which existing advocacy provision is available to people in the protected groups in Great Britain