Mind Legal Line
0300 466 6463 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
The Mind Legal Line can provide you with legal information and general advice.
Civil Legal Advice
0845 345 4345
The Civil Legal Advice can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid and can give you free and confidential legal advice in England and Wales.
Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)
0300 020 0096 – press 2 at prompt (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales. (Formerly called the Independent Police Complaints Commission)
The Law Society
020 7242 1222 (England)
029 2064 5254 (Wales)
The Law Society provides details of solicitors you can get in touch with for specialist legal advice.
Legal aid checker
Tells you whether you are entitled to free legal advice, and where you can find legal advisors that specialise in criminal law (England and Wales).
Revolving Doors Agency
020 7407 0747
England-based charity that works to improve services for people with multiple problems, including poor mental health, who are in repeat contact with the criminal justice system.
Where can I get support?
Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They may be able to help you find advocacy services in your area.
Find your local Mind here.
Find an advocate
An advocate is a person who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need. Having an advocate can be helpful in situations where you are finding it difficult to make your views known, or to make people listen to them and take them into account.
For information on advocacy services and groups in your area, you could start by contacting the Mind Legal Advice Line and your local Mind.
Read more about how advocacy might help you.
This information was published in November 2017. We will revise it in 2019.