Agenda item

Advocacy Services - Current and Future













The Committee considered a report of the Commissioning Officer which requested agreement to the commissioning strategy for the provision of advocacy services.


This report summarised the Council’s statutory duties to provide advocacy and set out the Council’s recommendations for the development and delivery of advocacy services through a new contract to be delivered by an external provider.


It also noted the importance of ensuring continuity of advocacy services, and the proposals to deliver these in a way that met the needs of the people of Sheffield.


RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Adult Health and Social Care Policy Committee:-


-       Approves the commission of advocacy services from an independent external provider, for a period of 7 years and for an estimated annual value of £1.23m as set out in this report.

-       Notes that the Strategic Director for Adult Care and Wellbeing Services provide an annual update on impact of advocacy services to the Committee.


















Reasons for Decision


Should service provision cease, the Council will be unable to apply in an equitable manner our Statutory duty under the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Mental Health Act 2007 to maintain a stable and sustainable care market. We would also be unable to meet the needs vulnerable adults identified as benefiting from non-statutory advocacy.









Alternatives Considered and Rejected




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