Certificate in Independent Advocacy

Level 3

The Purpose and Principles of Independent Advocacy

(City & Guilds 301)

Understand Independent Advocacy

Explain principles and values underpinning Independent Advocacy

Describe the development of advocacy

Be able to explain different types of advocacy support and their purpose

Understand the roles and responsibilities of an Independent Advocate

Understand advocacy standards

Providing Independent Advocacy Support

(City & Guilds 302)

Establish safe boundaries to maintain the advocacy relationship

Establish the advocacy relationship

Assist the individual receiving advocacy support to explore and make choices

Construct an action plan

Support the individual receiving advocacy support to self-advocate

Act on the instruction of the person receiving advocacy support

Review and end the advocacy relationship.

Maintaining the Independent Advocacy Relationship

(City & Guilds 303)

Know what to do when faced with practice dilemmas

Deal positively with conflict

Maintain accurate records

Prioritise competing work commitments

Use personal value base and power appropriately

Use supervision as a tool to reflect and improve practice

Use local and national networks

Respond to concerns of abuse

Responding to the Advocacy Needs of Different Groups of People

(City & Guilds 304)

Make advocacy accessible to individuals and different groups

Define social exclusion

Explain the medical and social model of disability

Promote diversity

Use non-instructed Advocacy.

Course book of Advocacy

Supporting Others with Advocacy

by Craig Ward, Solicitor BA(Hons)(Psychology) MBPsS CertCouns

Why do people want Advocacy

Advocacy Defined

Principles of Advocacy

Advocacy Skills

Practicalities of Advocacy

Advocacy values

Historical Development of Advocacy

Types of Independent Advocacy

The Role of the Advocate

The Advocacy Process

Advocacy Standards

Accessible Advocacy

Disability models: Social and Medical Models

Non-Instructed Advocacy

Social exclusion




Other courses may be designed to meet your specific needs

Advocacy Courses

What is Advocacy

Independent advocacy includes, helping someone have their say who feels they are at risk or in danger and lacks confidence or is vulnerable. Safeguarding vulnerable adults, children, those discriminated against or who are finding it difficult to have services provided to them. Providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves.

There are two types or approaches to Advocacy; independent and non-indepedent or non-instructed advocacy.

Independent advocacy is where someone has mental capacity and can tell you what they want. Whilst non-independent advocacy is where they may lack sufficient mental capacity, and other ways of determining what might be suitable for them have to be explored.

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Who is Advocacy is for?

There are many groups who may benefit from advocacy these include:

  1. People with physical or sensory impairments

  1. Those with mental health, psychological difficulties or long term neurological conditions

  1. People with dementia or similar memory loss conditions

  1. Individuals with learning difficulties

  1. Those with chronic health illnesses

  1. Vulnerable adults or children

  1. Residents in care homes

  1. Those caring for relatives or friends irrespective of age

  1. Asylum seekers, refugees or other displaced individuals

  1. Victims of crime or domestic violence

  1. The traveller and gypsy communities

Independent Advocacy Is Not

  1. Providing advice, mediation or counselling

  1. Taking a decision on behalf of the individual without recourse to them disregarding their views

  1. Considering what might be in their best interests without recourse to them

  1. Trying to influence an individuals choice or direction concerning decision making

  1. Speaking on behalf of someone knowing this is not their views or wishes

  1. Making representations which are misrepresentative of the individual concerned

Advocacy Training is currently offered either as individual courses or as a City & Guilds course.