Funding, commissioning and delivery should build upon and avoid conflict with existing statutory duties such as the:
- Care Act 2014
- Autism Act 2009
- Equality Act 2010
- Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011
- Crime and Disorder Act 1998
See There to Help Paper B for a full analysis of relevant existing legislation and statutory duties.
The AA is a specific defined role and it is critical that it is not confused with other role (see Independence).
However, local areas should consider how AA services could be integrated into existing strategies, policies, partnerships, structures, responsibilities, services, and skill-sets that support the same groups of people. For example, this may include:
- Liaison and Diversion
- Transforming Care
- Autism Strategy 2014
- Health & Wellbeing Boards
- Safeguarding Adults Boards
- Community Safety Partnerships
There is value in established local networks at the delivery level. For example:
- where there is existing provision, existing personnel may have established working relationships that are key to the effectiveness of the scheme;
- an AA provider with other local services may be able to generate referrals in police custody and so deliver better outcomes elsewhere (e.g. services aimed at mental health outcomes or reducing re-offending).
The Bradley Report (2009) considered AA provision as part of an integrated system of different services. It saw regional and local partnerships as critical to delivering this integrated vision and provided the following guidance.