How do I find an independent advocate?

How do I access an independent advocate?

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 an independent advocate be used?

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.

Who can be an independent advocate?

You might work for a private or charity advocacy service, for example support people with learning disabilities, people from BAME backgrounds or older people. Or you might work as a statutory independent advocate for your local authority.

How do u get an advocate?

Your local Mind may offer advocacy services.

What if there’s no advocacy service in my area?

  1. Some organisations, such as Rethink Mental Illness and VoiceAbility, can support you to set up group advocacy in your area. …
  2. If you have people you can ask, a family member, friend or carer could also act as an advocate for you.
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What are the 3 types of advocacy?

Advocacy involves promoting the interests or cause of someone or a group of people. An advocate is a person who argues for, recommends, or supports a cause or policy. Advocacy is also about helping people find their voice. There are three types of advocacy – self-advocacy, individual advocacy and systems advocacy.

Why would someone have an advocate in safeguarding?

It enables the adult to understand both the risk of abuse and actions that she or he can take, or ask others to take, to mitigate that risk. If a safeguarding enquiry needs to start urgently then it can begin before an advocate is appointed but one must be appointed as soon as possible.

What is an independent advocate safeguarding?

Independent Advocates under the Care Act 2014 are statutory advocates providing a legal safeguard for people involved in one of several social care functions provided for by the Act.

Who can be my advocate?

Friends, family or carers can be an advocate for you, if you want them to. It can be really helpful to get support from someone close to you, who you trust.

What are the key 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.

Do I need 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.

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Why would you need an advocate?

An advocate is therefore required when a patient has difficulty understanding, retaining and weighing significant information, and/or communicating relevant views, wishes, feelings and beliefs.

Are there different types of advocate?

Types of advocacy

  • Case advocacy.
  • Self advocacy.
  • Peer advocacy.
  • Paid independent advocacy.
  • Citizen advocacy.
  • Statutory advocacy.