This survey is for people working as independent advocates. The purpose is to gather advocates' experiences of the Making Safeguarding Personal key principles and supporting people though Safeguarding Adults processes.

The survey is led by The Advonet Group, We Are People First, Disability Advice Service Lambeth, South West Advocacy Network (SWAN)Cloverleaf Advocacy, VoiceAbility, Rethink Advocacy and National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS).

Please complete this questionnaire on behalf of the Advocacy organisation which you work for.

1. In which area of England do you operate?


2. Given the data you have about local safeguarding, adults take up what proportion of eligible people do you believe are offered advocacy?


3. How many people have you provided advocacy support to engage in the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) process in the last year? (Safeguarding Adults Board Reviews)


4. To how many people have you provided advocacy support relating to Section 42 enquiries in the last year? (Safeguarding Enquiries)


5. To how many people have you provided advocacy support relating to Section 44 enquiries in the last year? (Safeguarding Adults Board Review)


6. How many local authority areas are you working in?


7. How well do you feel statutory partners including health and social care professionals understand and apply the following Making Safeguarding Personal principles?

Very WellWellNot Well
Empowerment: People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent. I am asked what I want as the outcomes from the safeguarding process and these directly inform what happens.
Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs. I receive clear and simple information about what abuse is, how to recognise the signs and what I can do to seek help.
Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented. I am sure that the professionals will work in my interest, as I see them and they will only get involved as much as needed.
Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need. I get help and support to report abuse and neglect. I get help so that I am able to take part in the safeguarding process to the extent to which I want.
Partnership: Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse. I know that staff treat any personal and sensitive information in confidence, only sharing what is helpful and necessary. I am confident that professionals will work together and with me to get the best result for me.
Accountability: Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding. I understand the role of everyone involved in my life and so do they.

8. How well do you feel the desired outcomes of the people at the centre of the safeguarding process are met?


9. What proportion of the safeguarding advocacy referrals received by your organisation were made concerning an individual existing advocacy involvement?