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"Advocacy services are fundamental to supporting people to engage actively and participate in the development of their own well-being outcomes"

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, Part 10 Code of Practice (Advocacy)

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Wales Act 2015 came into force on the 6th April 2016 and it will have a big impact on the types of Local Authority services that are delivered and how they are delivered in Wales.  It puts people right at the heart of service delivery.  It also means that in certain circumstances local authorities must ensure that an individual has access to advocacy.

Independent Professional Advocacy is a service that can support someone to participate fully in decisions about their well-being and ensure that their views, wishes and feelings are heard, respected and taken account of.  Advocacy supports people to have their rights upheld, to express their views and opinions, to make decisions about things that affect them, and if necessary to represent people's views at meetings.

The Golden Thread Advocacy Programme has been funded by Welsh Government for 3 years to run alongside and support the implementation of Part 10 (Advocacy) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.  

The programme's key aims are

To support the commissioning of independent professional advocacy through a sustainable, strategic approach.

To improve the availability of advocacy services to adults across Wales

To improve the well-being of individuals through advocacy and to give them a stronger voice

This national programme will

Support strategic health and social care management/commissioning teams and front line professionals in understanding their responsibilities regarding advocacy under the Act.

• Support the development of sustainable models for advocacy service delivery.

Work with new and existing service providers to ensure they are tender ready for statutory advocacy commissioning processes.

• Create a framework for collaboration between statutory bodies and service providers in using resources more efficiently to support well-being outcomes. 

Work with representative groups of potential service users and carers to raise awareness of advocacy in all its forms, in exercising control over their well-being outcomes 

Promote positive approaches to well-being and support improvements to safeguarding by giving people with protected characteristics a stronger voice. 

What will I get from the programme?

At the end of the programme all stakeholders will: 

have a greater understanding and knowledge of the value of advocacy

be equipped with the communication tools to champion the need for the development of advocacy services and to identify where advocacy may be best prioritised 

be able to apply best practice in advocacy as an integral part of  commissioning intentions

How do I get involved?

 General team email: 

Welsh GovernmentDiverse Cymru

Age Connects WalesAge Cymru

For more information: Call the Golden Thread Advocacy Programme 01352 706228

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