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Appropriate adult services have historically been arranged at local authority level as part of the social work function (for adults) and the YOT function (for people under 18)[1]. The large majority of current AA schemes remain organised and funded at local authority level.

Depending on the local context, this approach may have a number of potential benefits.

  • Integration with other local services may be preferred over alignment with a police area.
  • The scheme can focus on the needs of the local area and there is direct control over preferred key performance indicators
  • There is greater opportunity for a local scheme co-ordinator to develop effective working relationships with key contacts in the police and other related services
  • Services are sustainable irrespective of decisions in other local authority areas
  • Simpler and quicker to integrate with other services, developing local partnerships, information sharing agreements and referral pathways
  • People tend to be motivated to volunteer in their local community

Where existing arrangements are effective at the single local authority level, developers / commissioners should consider the risks, as well as the potential benefits, before pursuing a wider geographical scope.


[1] There are 152 principal local authorities in England and Wales. They have responsibility for adult social care. This includes county, unitary and metropolitan borough councils and excludes district councils. 

on Friday December 08 by chrisbath
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