Key messages: Commissioning independent advocacy
Published: October 2014
Updated: March 2015
- It is important that you clearly understand your legal duties under the Care Act 2014 and prepare for the increased demand this will create for independent advocacy in your area.
- Keep in mind the driving principles of the Care Act: the promotion of wellbeing and the prevention, delay and reduction of the need for care and support.
- You will need to clearly identify and analyse how your local authority meets its existing statutory advocacy duties and ensure maximum cooperation between all commissioned advocacy services to meet the range of duties required.
- Commissioning independent advocacy to meet duties under the Care Act should be informed by good practice in order to secure best value and outcomes.
- Co-production of all commissioning activity – starting from the point of view of people who use services and their carers – will maximise the effectiveness of independent advocacy commissioning.
- When commissioning, you should work in partnership with providers and other stakeholders and encourage collaboration to secure the best use of local capacity and best value for money.
- An ‘equality and diversity’ thread should run through your commissioning activities, ensuring compliance with human rights and equality law.
- Always work closely with other services (health, housing, benefits) and consider joint commissioning arrangements to minimise advocacy ‘silos’.
- Because demand and funding will fluctuate, you should be flexible about procurement and contractual arrangements. However, it remains essential to set clear expectations for providers and practitioners as part of the process of promoting the independent advocacy duties set out in the Care Act.
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- Care Act 2014: Commissioning independent advocacy
- At a glance summary of Care Act 2014: Commissioning independent advocacy
- Easy read summary of Care Act 2014: Commissioning independent advocacy