What are the benefits of an independent advocate?

What is the purpose of an independent advocate?

The role of an independent advocate is to support and represent the person and to facilitate their involvement in the key processes and interactions with the local authority and other organisations as required.

What makes a good independent advocate?

The most important thing is that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care and have a commitment to people taking control of their own life and speaking up. If you’re new to advocacy you might consider the Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy.

What are the benefits of having an advocate?

An advocate can:

  • 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.
  • accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments.

What is an independent care advocate?

What does an Independent Care Act Advocate do? The role of the Independent Advocate in these cases is to support and represent the service user and to facilitate their involvement in key processes and interactions with the Local Authority.

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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.

Who is responsible for assigning an advocate?

It is the responsibility of the Local Authority to decide which advocacy support is most appropriate in each situation. In doing so, it must make sure that statutory duties are fulfilled in relation to any specialist advocacy support a person may be entitled to receive under any legislation that affects them.

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.

Who can be an independent mental capacity advocate?

Who is the IMCA service for? The IMCA service is provided for any person aged 16 years or older, who has no one able to support and represent them, and who lacks capacity to make a decision about either: a long-term care move; • serious medical treatment; • adult protection procedures; or • a care review.

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What are the 5 principles of advocacy?

Clarity of purpose,Safeguard,Confidentiality,Equality and diversity,Empowerment and putting people first are the principles of advocacy.

How do I get a mental health advocate?

Contact us. Call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for information and advice. Lawyers from MHAS, or private lawyers (arranged by MHAS), attend each hospital in NSW that has involuntary patients. If you are seeing the Tribunal, a lawyer will come to see you first.