Key messages for commissioning advocacy under the Care Act based on emerging good practice

Six key steps to strengthen the commissioning of advocacy under the Care Act

  • Understanding what advocacy is and the need for independence.
  • Embedding co-production in commissioning.
  • Responding to local needs and diversity
  • Supporting access to advocacy
  • Strategic and quality approach to commissioning.
  • Meaningful and proportionate monitoring to measure outcome.

We define everything as Care Act advocacy if they meet the threshold and it’s about their life, they get an advocate... I think there is a mix-up about advocacy – it’s not just about the law. We call it social care and community advocacy. It is difficult to define but if someone needs an advocate, they get it.

(Commissioner, interview)

Key findings about the implementation of advocacy under the Care Act


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