What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is about helping you to speak up for yourself, to make sure that your views, thoughts and opinions are heard and understood.

Advocacy can help people to: 

  • Think through different choices and options available to them
  • Make their views and wishes clear
  • Represent their views if they are unable to represent themselves
  • Get independent and accurate information
  • Understand their rights

 What are the benefits of advocacy?

  • It will help make sure your voice is heard and really listened to
  • It will give you support to help you make choices
  • It will help you to get people to understand your point of view
  • It can make it easier to get information that you need in a way that you understand
  • It is a free and confidential service

Advocacy is not:

  • Persuading someone to think a different way or do things differently
  • Being a friend
  • Being a counsellor
  • Making decisions for the person or giving advice
  • Providing social support for example managing someone’s financial affairs or organising transport
  • A mediation service – these services are available
  • A service that can provide specific legal advice or support – we can help you find the right support
  • A replacement for support staff or social workers
  • A long term service

Advocates follow principles outlined in statutory guidance and best practice principles, such as our code of practice and advocacy charter – please see below:

Advocacy code of practice – A4A Advocacy Charter
Advocacy Quality Standards – Advocacy quality performance mark