Supporting the interests of people who may find it difficult to be heard or speak out for themselves, from April 1st 2015 the Care Act makes provision for the extended use of Independent Advocates in social care assessments, reviews and safeguarding investigations.
Giving a voice to adults who need support through the care assessment, planning and safeguarding processes, our trained advocates come from a variety of backgrounds, including social work, health care and social care. Many have direct personal experience of caring for friends and family too.
Trained in their role under the Care Act, our advocates are supported by a professional management and support team and are vetted through the DBS system as well as extensive interview, selection and reference checking.
Social Works’ advocacy service is working towards achieving the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark and has adopted the QPM Code of Practice at the heart of it’s service.
Our advocates are all involved in providing ‘directed advocacy’, which involves: