Advocacy Principles

  • Advocates provide access to independent information
  • Aim to enable people to gain control and responsibility over their own lives
  • Help people identify their choices and act to ensure that these are heard by service providers
  • Non-judgemental
  • Value everyone equally
  • Independent of service provision
  • To listen to client’s views and express them without alteration or embellishment
  • Advocates do not give advice or act according to their own judgement of client’s best interests, or put forward their own views
  • No conflict of interest, advocacy is for client service user not staff/other professionals
  • Information sharing, negotiation, consultation – only with client consent
  • One to one relationship of trust
  • Confidential