Market shaping and commissioning for advocacy

Published: October 2014
Updated: March 2015

The Care Act itself does not specifically mention commissioning, but it is included in the vocabulary of the statutory guidance ‘Market shaping and commissioning’ and is seen as a core part of implementing the changes proposed by the Act.

The Care Act promotes the following commissioning principles:

For some commissioners, Care Act advocacy services will be commissioned separately from other types of advocacy. Others may want to use the Care Act as an opportunity to review all advocacy services within their area, and to develop a wider strategy around how best to meet the needs of their local population.

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