The Care Act 2014 states that there is a duty to arrange an Independent Advocate for adults who are subject to a Safeguarding Enquiry or Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) when there is a need for this support.
The aim of this duty is to enable people who have substantial difficulty or lack capacity in being involved and supported as fully as possible in safeguarding enquiries. Where necessary, an Advocate can represent and speak on the individual’s behalf. Individuals should be enabled to be active partners in safeguarding enquiries in relation to allegations of abuse/neglect.
You can read more about Advocacy Services in our 7 Minute Briefing here.
Advocacy in Lancashire
Advocacy Focus are the current provider for county-wide advocacy services in Lancashire. Referrals can be made directly to Advocacy Focus on 0300 323 095 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively referrals can be made via the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) service held by nCompass on 0330 002 2200. The SPOC will automatically pass all referral information to Advocacy Focus, and referrers will only have to "tell their story once."
Advocacy Focus: https://www.advocacyfocus.org.uk/