We know that the value and potential contribution of advocacy at all levels to making safeguarding personal is significant and that developing a clearer understanding of the definition and purpose of advocacy and the legal rights and responsibilities associated with it needs to be central to local action planning and improvement in practice.
Earlier in the year, NDTi worked with the LGA to learn from advocates in England about their experiences of Making Safeguarding Personal. These conversations explored enablers and barriers to involvement of advocacy in safeguarding adults to find out:
- What works?
- What gets in the way?
- What are the key issues we need to address?
- What might the range of stakeholders do to strengthen understanding of the advocacy role and to develop its potential contribution in safeguarding adults
The finding from these conversations has led to the production of a briefing which offers support to those who have duties to commission and arrange advocacy services and to the advocacy sector in its delivery, including in defining both advocacy and Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP). You can download the briefing here and find out more here. Gail Petty, NDTI’s Advocacy Lead will be presenting the briefing along with Jane Lawson (previously LGA) at the National Advocacy Conference on Friday 30th October. Find out more about the session here.