How do I access advocacy services?
Advocacy services are available across the country and contacting your local council is the best place to start your search. If you have a Care Coordinator from your local social services, healthcare or homecare team, they will be able to help you seek independent advocacy.
When would you need to involve an advocate?
An independent advocate may be helpful if there is any disagreement between you, your health or social care professionals or even family members about a decision that needs to be made. An independent advocate should represent your wishes without judging or giving a personal opinion.
Who is eligible for an advocate?
Statutory advocacy means a person is legally entitled to an advocate because of their circumstances. This might be because they’re being treated under the Mental Health Act or because they lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions.
When should an independent advocate be involved?
Where it appears to the professional that the person is experiencing substantial difficulty, including where the person or someone else expresses that they are experiencing substantial difficulty, and where there is no appropriate person to represent and support the person for the purpose of facilitating their …
How can an independent advocacy help meet communication needs?
The purpose of independent advocacy is to:
- Assist and support people to speak out/speak up for themselves.
- Ensure that a person’s voice is heard and listened to.
- Assist people to achieve their goals and/or to access the services they need.
How do advocates help people?
listen to your views and concerns. help you explore your options and rights (without pressuring you) provide information to help you make informed decisions. help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf.
How do you advocate for someone?
How to be an Advocate for Others
- Set boundaries and keep up your self-care. It can be difficult to navigate your own wellness and also provide peer support to someone else. …
- Be a Confidante. …
- Know the Crisis Warning Signs. …
- Be sensitive in your language. …
- Sometimes advocacy is just being a good friend.
Why would you have an advocate?
If you find it difficult to understand your care and support or find it hard speak up, there are people who can act as a spokesperson for you. They make sure you’re heard and are called advocates. For example, they can help you: understand the care and support process.
What is the role of a advocate?
The role of an advocate is to offer independent support to those who feel they are not being heard and to ensure they are taken seriously and that their rights are respected. It is also to assist people to access and understand appropriate information and services.
What are the two types of advocacy?
There are two common forms of individual advocacy – informal and formal advocacy.
What are the principles of advocacy?
Clarity of purpose,Safeguard,Confidentiality,Equality and diversity,Empowerment and putting people first are the principles of advocacy.
Can anyone have an advocate?
If you have people you can ask, a family member, friend or carer could also act as an advocate for you. See our page on types of advocacy for more information. It’s not easy, but there may be steps you can take to feel more able to speak up for yourself.
What is the role of an independent advocate?
The independent advocate helps the person/group to get the information they need to make real choices about their circumstances and supports the person/group to put their choices across to others. An independent advocate may speak on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves.
What are the principles of independent advocacy?
Principle 1: Independent advocacy is loyal to the people it supports and stands by their views and wishes. Principle 2: Independent advocacy ensures people’s voices are listened to and their views taken into account. Principle 3: Independent advocacy stands up to injustice, discrimination and disempowerment.
What is the role of advocacy in relation to safeguarding?
“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”