Failure of Advocacy Service

In July 2016 my brother was provided with an advocate who I initially believed would assist and challenge the recurring inadequate care and support provided to my brother. After I became suspicious and investigated, I discovered that the provided advocate was negligent in performing his duty to my brother. I provide this, not least to prove the validity of my contention that there are serious gaps in the quality and standard of care provided to my brother and that the advocate did not perform his duty or conduct investigation with due diligence.

Below is the introductory letter I received from the provided advocate.

Onside-Advocacy.org.uk Advocate Letter-22-07-2016

Onside Advocacy Letter 22-07-2016

 

I was requested to provided, a list of bullet points which were to be addressed and resolved at a meeting in September 2016.
Below is the list I provided for the meeting I attended with the social worker, advocate, care home manager and regional manager of The Priory Group.

Best Interests Concerns (Bullet Points)

Best Interests Concerns(Bullet Points)_Redacted

 

After the meeting of September 2016 promises were broken, including missing a Birthday celebration due to the lack of provision by the care home of transport for my brother; from experience, a common excuse made for the convenience of the provider.

Some days later, I investigated new information and discovered the provided advocate for my brother had been negligent and did not review relevant care records, relying on inaccurate information provided by the care home manager.

After finding the negligence of the advocate, I wrote to the CEO of Onside-advocacy.org.uk who replied via email on 2nd November 2016 stating”Our procedure requires that in the first instance you need to send a letter detailing your complaint to me as the Chief Executive of Onside. If you are then not satisfied with the outcome of this stage then it is at that point that you would have the option to ask the Chair of Trustees to consider the complaint.”

Below is my letter to KH The CEO of Onside-advocacy.org.uk

Advocacy Complaint Letter

Advocacy Complaint

 

Below is the response from KH CEO of onside-advocacy.org.uk

Letter to Mr C B.pdf

Letter to Mr C B

 

Letter from Onside Advocacy CEO Investigation 28-11-2016

Letter from Onside Advocacy CEO 28-11-2016

 

Below is my emailed response to Ms KH the CEO of onside-advocacy.og.uk

Reply to Ms KH 09-12-2016

reply-to-KH 09-12-2016_Redacted

 

In response I received the following email from Ms KH. You will note the CEO KH requested that I send any communication to her.

Response email from KH re trustees

KH email re Trustees

 

Shortly after receiving the above email Ms KH permanently, and in my opinion hypocritically and unprofessionally blocked my email address. I believe due to her dislike of my findings and my questioning if similar had happened in the past.

I sent an email to KH to ask why she had blocked my email address and received the response below

CEO email permanently blocked

blocked by onside-advocacy CEO

 

Next, I sent an email to info@onside-advocacy.og.uk  (below) requesting to know who the newly appointed advocate for my brother would be. You will not my email address was permanently blocked.

Blocked email to info@onside-advocacy.org.uk

blocked by onside-advocacy CEO1

 

I also emailed Ms SW, as was suggested by the board of trustees (below) requesting to know who my brother’s newly assigned advocate was, only to discover that the address was also permanently blocked.

suggested email address given to me permanently blocked

blocked by onside-advocacy CEO2

 

I informed RA the chair of board of trustees that my email address was blocked from contacting the onside-advocacy.org.uk service, as below

email to RA board of trustees

RA Trustee new advocate

 

I believe I may not be the first or only person to discover the negligence of an advocate, or the first or only person to have their email blocked by the CEO of onside-advocacy.org.uk when a serious concern is raised for a vulnerable person.

After meeting with the chief of the board of trustees an to the date of publishing this, being 11th February 2017, nobody from onside-advocacy.org.uk has contacted me via email, letter or phone regarding my brother’s  newly appointed advocate, even though I’m publically documented as a person that must be consulted in matters of my brother’s care.