Issue details

Health and Social Care Independent Advocacy Services for Adults, Children and Young People

To seek cabinet permission to invite tenders for new contract(s) for Children’s and Adults advocacy services from 30th September 2022 and to award such contract(s). The proposed model provides for a contract divided into the following 2 lots:

Lot 1. Independent Advocacy Health and Social Care for Adults.

Lot 2. Independent Advocacy for Children and Young People.


This will allow an alignment of Independent Advocacy services across Health and Social Care for Adults, Children and Young people to meet the Council’s statutory duties laid down in the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Health Act 2005, the Care Act 2014 and the Children Act 1989, in addition to the Human Rights Act of 1998.

This aligns contract(s)for the duration of the term and saves resources for Commissioning and support services in a joint procurement exercise.

In addition, it has the potential to gain more interest in the marketplace.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/01/2022

Decision due: 23 Feb 2022 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Commissioning, Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s SafeGuarding and Early Years, Cllr Kathy Williams, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Delivery

Contact: Professor Sarah Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health Email:, Chris Spencer, Director of Children's Services Email:


Agenda items

Background papers

  • Cabinet Member Decision (11/03/2020): Extension of Health and Social Care Advocacy Services Contract  
  • Cabinet Decision (28/09/2016): Procurement of Advocacy and Related Services  
  • The Care Act 2014  
  • NHS Long Term Plan  
  • Mental Health Act 1983  
  • Mental Health Act 2005 and the Care Act 2014  
  • Children & Families Act 2014