The Care Act: commissioning independent advocacy
The Care Act 2014 aims to strengthen the voice of people who use services, and their carers, over the process of assessing, planning and safeguarding. Local authorities need to commission independent advocacy services to support people who may require it.
Under the Care Act 2014, local authorities must arrange an independent advocate to facilitate the involvement of a person in their assessment, in the preparation of their care and support plan and in the review of their care plan, if two conditions are met:
- the person has substantial difficulty in being fully involved in these processes
- there is no one appropriate available to support and represent the person’s wishes.
Commissioning advocacy resources
SCIE has developed the following resources to help local authority staff and commissioners to expand and commission effective independent advocates and advocacy services:
- Commissioning independent advocacy guide: a guide for local authority staff responsible for commissioning advocacy services. The guide will help commissioners to recognise what a good advocacy service looks like, and to develop flexible approaches to commissioning.
- Summary: an at-a-glance summary of the full guide.
- Easy read summary: summary of the guide in easy-read style for people with learning disabilities.
- Self-assessment tool: a checklist to enable local authorities to test their approaches and progress on commissioning advocacy services.
Contact SCIE about your Care Act implementation and training requirements. We can develop a package of support including:
- presentations on the Care Act
- training on implications for key staff including social workers
- review and redesign of your policies, systems and procedures.
Contact us about your Care Act implementation and training requirements.
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