In Re JM [2016] EWCOP, Charles J's stinging rebuke to the Secretaries of State for Health and Justice respectively to "step up to the plate" and provide support to vulnerable adults who are deprived of their liberty via applications under s16 MCA 2005, 

we are given a vivid picture of the strains which statutory advocacy services face.  The judge quotes verbatim the evidence submitted by local authorities up and down the country about the pressures on the providers of a bewildering range of statutory advocates, from IMCAs through Care Act advocates to RPRs and - now- representatives appointed by the Court of Protection under Rule 3A of the  Court of Protection rules.

Research by Community Care last year

drew attention to the low levels of referrals for Care Act advocacy and considered the possible reasons for this.  Clearly things have not improved.  Legislation in health and social care gives advocacy  a vital role to play in ensuring that those lacking capacity can assert their rights - but if the supply is inadequate these rights will not be practical or effective.