Independent Advocacy

What is independent advocacy?

Independent advocacy is about speaking up for an individual or group. Independent advocacy is a way to help people have a stronger voice and to have as much control as possible over their own lives. Independent Advocacy organisations are separate from organisations that provide other types of services.

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Over 75% of advocacy is provided by independent advocacy organisations

What types of advocacy exist?

There are different types of independent advocacy. There is no one best model of advocacy, no ‘one size fits all’. The most appropriate model for any individual is likely to depend on their preferences, circumstances and situation and this may vary from time to time. In practice models of advocacy available will vary dependent on the area.

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Advocacy is available in every Scottish NHS and Local Authority area

Who is independent advocacy for?

People who are disadvantaged by their situation or condition. Many of us find it difficult, at times, to get our voice heard about decisions or actions that affect our lives. At these times anyone could benefit from independent advocacy. The Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 gives anyone with a mental disorder a right of access to independent advocacy.

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Independent advocacy is available to all with a mental disorder