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:

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:

Implementation support

Contact SCIE about your Care Act implementation and training requirements. We can develop a package of support including:

Contact us about your Care Act implementation and training requirements.

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