The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust provides a range of safeguarding services and supports. These include Supported Decision Making support and training, short term advocacy and life long advocacy, and a coordinated inter-agency response for Adults at Risk.
The Trust offers parents and other interested persons an opportunity to invest in peace of mind for the future through membership and enrollment. The Trust also extends support to people not enrolled in the Trust.
The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust (previously known as The Personal Advocacy Trust, PAT) is a not-for-profit registered Charitable Trust.
It was established in 1967 as the trusteeship scheme of parents with children cared for through IHC, who sought reassurance and confirmation that on their death someone would provide advocacy, guidance and support in their stead. Much of our membership enrolled at this time and in the decade following. Some of our current members and their families have received advocacy support for over 40 years. In 2017 we also started responding to the need for short term independent advocacy.
The Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA) Collective has been working for the last twelve years to promote safeguarding principles and framework, and to provide a coordinated inter-agency response to the abuse, harm or neglect of Adults at Risk.
PAT and SAFA have now partnered to become The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust (PASAT), to extend a greater range of safeguarding supports to more New Zealanders in need.
For a full history, please refer to Our History Page.