Independent Advocacy at a glance

What independent advocacy does

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

It safeguards peoples’ rights

Independent advocacy aims to help people by supporting them to express their own needs and make their own informed decisions. It safeguards people who are vulnerable and discriminated against or whom services find difficult to serve, empowering people who need a stronger voice by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions.

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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

SIAA advocates for independent advocacy

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of Independent Advocacy across Scotland. It is a membership organisation. Its aim is to ensure that high quality advocacy is available to everyone who needs it in Scotland.

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1 in every 5 people in Scotland has a statutory right of access to independent advocacy