This short introduction course sets out the principles, standards and code of best practice that underpin good independent advocacy practice. It has been developed to be used across Scotland, to ensure that independent advocacy is being delivered consistently and is of the highest possible standard.
SIAA has also published an Easy Read version of this document.
The companion document to the ‘Principles’ is ‘Independent advocacy in action’ which provides case studies that put ‘flesh on the bones’ of what independent advocacy looks and feels like, and demonstrates how the ‘Principles’ should be effectively woven through organisational policy and day-to-day working practices.
“Many people in society are disempowered by systems which have a significant effect on almost every aspect of their lives. These are people who are disempowered to such an extent that they are unlikely to be able to fulfil their basic human needs or demand their basic human rights. A person’s initial hopes and dreams can be severely limited by this. Independent advocacy can help to widen a person’s horizons and enable them to become active members of society”.PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS IN INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY ORGANISATIONS AND GROUPS, ADVOCACY 2000 (2002)