Introduction: Commissioning independent advocacy

Published: October 2014
Updated: March 2015

This guide was commissioned by the joint Programme Management Office (PMO) established by the Care and Support Reform Programme Board to work in partnership to support local areas with the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

The Programme Management Office enables the Board to have appropriate ownership and oversight of the programme as well as supporting implementation by local authorities. The Office includes representation from the Department of Health (DH), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

The guide is aimed at commissioners charged with meeting the new duties to provide advocacy under the Care Act 2014. It was developed using a ‘scope and search’ exercise to identify relevant existing literature in the field of advocacy and commissioning, co-production with potential users of the Care Act and consultation with key stakeholders.

The guide is intended to help commissioning officers in local authorities think through their new duties and understand what they are required to do to comply with the new requirements of the Act. It will be regularly updated as implementation practice emerges.

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