What is advocacy?
Advocacy is when you get support to:
- Share your views, wishes and feelings
- Be listened to and understood
- Access and understand relevant information
- Explore choices and options
- Make informed choices and decisions about your life
- Access services
- Defend and promote your rights and responsibilities
- Speak out about issues that matter to you
- Be valued and included in your community.
What is an advocate?
An advocate who will work with you to:
- Get your views heard
- Ensure that the correct procedures are followed
- Ensure that your rights are met.
An advocate is independent so will always represent your wishes and best interests. They can:
- Go with you to meetings or appointments in a supportive role
- Write letters on your behalf
- Speak for you in situations where you don't feel able to speak for yourself.
Who is not an appropriate person to act as an advocate?
An advocate should not be someone:
- You don't want to support you
- Already providing care or treatment to you in a professional capacity or on a paid basis
- Who is unlikely to be able to, or available to, adequately support your involvement
- Implicated in an enquiry into abuse or neglect or who has been judged by a safeguarding adult review to have failed to prevent abuse or neglect.