A general guide on how you are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act and what your rights are.
How to find an advocate
If you're in hospital, you can also contact the:
In some situations, you may be legally entitled to the support of an advocate. For more information, see our page on your legal rights to advocacy.
Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
Can tell you if you're eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Coram Children's Legal Centre
Provides free legal information, advice and representation for children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.
Disability Law Service
Charity providing free legal advice and representation for disabled people.
Disability Rights UK
Information and support for people living with a disability.
Supports the development of policies to remove inequality between disabled and non-disabled people.
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Promotes and monitors human rights and equality.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
Provides information, advice and support for families of children with specialist educational needs and disabilities.
Law Centres Network
Information about Law Centres, which defend the legal rights of people who can't afford a lawyer. Includes a searchable directory.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
Connects volunteer lawyers with people who aren't eligible for legal aid and can't afford to pay for legal advice. Includes details of free legal advice clinics.
This information was published in October 2023. We will revise it in 2026.
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