Why would someone have an advocate in safeguarding?
“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”
When would you need to involve an advocate?
The law says that you need an advocate if you have difficulty in any one of these areas: understanding relevant information. retaining information. using or weighing information (for example being able to see the advantages or disadvantages in different options)
What is the role of a CARE Act advocate?
Care Act Advocates help people to understanding and uphold their rights, set out in the Care Act 2014. This involves supporting people to be involved in all decisions about their care and support, including local authority assessments, care reviews, care and support planning or safeguarding processes.
When do you involve advocate and access advocacy services?
You might want to have an advocate with you or to speak on your behalf in the following situations:
- during assessments, such as hospital discharge or needs assessments.
- when planning or reviewing your care and support.
- if there are changes to your services.
- if there is an investigation into possible abuse.
Why is an advocate important?
The role of an advocate is to offer independent support to those who feel they are not being heard and to ensure they are taken seriously and that their rights are respected. … An advocate will ensure a person has the tools to make an informed decision; it is not about making the decision for the person.
An advocate is an independent expert who can help support you in navigating the social care system. As well as provide practical advice, they can work on your behalf to ensure all the rules are being followed correctly, and you’re getting everything you’re entitled to.
Why is it important to work in partnership with advocates?
Reasons why it is important to work in partnership with clients, and independent advocates. … It prevents us from imposing our own views and ways of doing things for clients, so that we do things with people rather than for them and thus moves towards equalising the balance of power.
What power does an advocate have?
An Independent Advocate must assist the person in;
Making decisions in respect of Care and Support (or Support) arrangements; and. Challenging the local authorities decisions if the person (or carer) so wishes.
Why would you need an independent advocate?
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.
What is the purpose of Care Act 2014?
The main principle of the Care Act 2014 is to help to improve people’s independence and wellbeing and for care providers and givers to promote a person-centred approach to the care and support they provide.
How does advocacy promote empowerment?
Advocacy promotes equality, social justice, social inclusion and human rights. It aims to make things happen in the most direct and empowering ways possible. It recognises that self-advocacy – whereby people, perhaps with encouragement and support, speak out and act on their own behalf – is the ultimate aim.
How can an advocate help a service user?
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.
Advocacy is a key part of social work because it helps clients learn to be independent and provides a voice for those who are traditionally underserved. Advocacy promotes equality, inclusion and social justice, all goals of social work practice.
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.