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. The Lancashire Advocacy Hub provides free, independent and confidential single point of contact (SPOC) for adults in Lancashire. The SPOC provides support, guidance and information about advocacy and works with the individual to identify their support needs.
Referrals can be made directly to the SPOC on 0300 323 0965 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Lancashire Advocacy Hub here: www.advocacyfocus.org.uk/Pages/Category/lancashire