The independent advocacy sector in England and Wales has undergone significant changes in the last few years.
In 2014, Martin Coyle of True Voice has written two reports on the second tier needs of and options for the advocacy sector.
The first, “Voice for Advocacy Scoping Exercise: What does the sector say?” was commissioned by a group of advocacy providers in England & Wales from the Mental Health Foundation. It showed a strong need for second tier work to be undertaken in the advocacy sector, and generated a working group to take on the task of developing this.
The second “What Next for Advocacy Wales” was an options review commissioned by Advocacy Wales. Following a discussion about the proposed options, and in light of the resources likely to be available, Advocacy Wales decided to cease operations. An interim, information sharing group for Welsh advocacy providers has been set up on linked in named the Welsh Advocacy Information Network.