Spot Purchase Work

What is spot purchase advocacy?

Spot purchase advocacy can help when there is no contract to provide that particular piece of work. It is a single piece of work funded by a statutory service for an individual client.

What can a spot purchase advocate do?

  • Identify what an individual wants from services
  • Explain to the service user their rights and entitlements
  • Support the individual to have their voice heard by services
  • Help individuals to make difficult decisions for themselves

This advocacy can be on an instructed basis with an individual who can make an informed decision about what they want, or on a non-instructed basis with an individual who does not have the capacity to make an informed decision.


The Care Forum charges for its spot purchase work at the following rates:

  • £30/hour to an organisation which already funds an advocacy contract
  • £35/hour to an organisation which currently does not fund an advocacy contract.

A funding organisation may find it helpful to boundary the piece of work, for instance by time or by issue (such as the decision to be made).

Case Study

Mrs Ahmed was already known to the advocacy service. During this time, she had to attend a child protection conference in relation to her three children and she asked if her advocate could attend. She felt that she was not heard by the social workers and that the goal posts kept shifting. She was frightened that her children would be taken away from her. The social worker was aware that communication with Mrs Ahmed was proving difficult and this had already led to a formal complaint. Therefore, social services funded an advocate for four hours to attend the conference with Mrs Ahmed, to help her to understand what was happening and to ensure that she could make her views heard in the meeting.

To make an initial enquiry please contact tel: 0808 808 5252