Information hub

Welcome to our information hub!

The hub contains SIAA’s publications, including independent advocacy guidance, research reports, and policy briefings. We also include interesting books, videos, and leaflets as well as other resources useful for understanding independent advocacy in Scotland.

If you are new to independent advocacy, the best place to start is with the Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards and Code of Best Practice, which is the key foundational document for independent advocacy in Scotland.

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Principles and Standards 2019 Front Cover
Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards & Code of Best Practice

This document sets out the principles, standards and code of best practice that underpin good independent advocacy practice.

2019 pdf 140 KB Download Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards & Code of Best Practice
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Independent advocacy in action: Case studies illustrating SIAA’s ‘Principles and Standards’

‘Independent advocacy in action’ showcases case studies that illustrate the ‘Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards and Code of Best Practice’.

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SIAA Manifesto 2021

SIAA’s Manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections focuses on the following three key themes: improved access to independent advocacy, strategic provision of independent advocacy, and putting independent advocacy at the heart of policy making.

2021 pdf 133 KB Download SIAA Manifesto 2021
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Incorporation of Right to Independent Advocacy Briefing

A new briefing, published by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and SIAA, lays out the case for incorporation of the right to independent advocacy into Scots law.

2021 pdf 463 KB Download Incorporation of Right to Independent Advocacy Briefing
SIAA Response – Public Petitions Committee Regulation of Non-Statutory Child Advocacy Services

SIAA’s response to the Public Petitions Committee Regulation of Non-Statutory Child Advocacy Services addresses different elements shared by the sector as a whole considering that while at present, there is no formal regulatory body that oversees independent advocacy practice in Scotland.

2021 pdf 253 KB Download SIAA Response – Public Petitions Committee Regulation of Non-Statutory Child Advocacy Services
SIAA Submission of Evidence – Impact of Covid on equalities and human rights

SIAA submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee on the Impact of Covid on equalities and human rights.

2020 pdf 280 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – Impact of Covid on equalities and human rights
SIAA Response – Raising the age of referral to the children’s reporter consultation

SIAA responds to the Scottish Government consultation on raising the age of referral to the children’s reporter. Our contribution draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting children and young people.

2020 pdf 253 KB Download SIAA Response – Raising the age of referral to the children’s reporter consultation
SIAA Response – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

SIAA responds to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill based on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people – both children and adults – to have their voices heard in a range of situations relating to, for instance, justice, health, education and social security.

2020 pdf 292 KB Download SIAA Response – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill
SIAA Response – Right to Food Bill Consultation

SIAA comments the proposed Right to Food Bill broadly supporting a new law that would tackle issues of food insecurity and address the challenges facing Scotland’s food system to make it fairer for all.

2020 pdf 272 KB Download SIAA Response – Right to Food Bill Consultation
SIAA Submission of Evidence – UK Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard in a range of situations relating to,…

2020 pdf 313 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – UK Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications
SIAA Submission of Evidence – Alternative Children’s Rights Impact Assessment

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence to the Alternative Children’s Rights Impact Assessment looks briefly at independent advocacy in the context of three key themes – human rights, Covid-19 and children – and highlights the need for the Scottish Government to embed access to independent advocacy for children in its response to Covid-19.

2020 pdf 322 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – Alternative Children’s Rights Impact Assessment
SIAA Submission of Evidence – Scottish Mental Health Review

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence to the Scottish Mental Health Review primarily focuses on the right to access independent advocacy and how we believe this right could be strengthened to help enhance the rights of people using mental health services.

2020 pdf 274 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – Scottish Mental Health Review
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SIAA Annual Report 2018 – 2019
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SIAA Annual Report 2017 – 2018
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Independent Advocacy Commissioners Guidance

2010 guidance for commissioners of independent advocacy.

2020 pdf 500 KB Download Independent Advocacy Commissioners Guidance
SIAA Submission of Evidence – Forensic Mental Health Review

SIAA responds to the independent review of forensic mental health services’ call for evidence. The review is an area of significant interest for SIAA and our member organisations, many of which deal with users of forensic mental health services on a daily basis.

2020 pdf 303 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – Forensic Mental Health Review
Toolkit for Demonstrating the Impact of Independent Advocacy

Toolkit to support independent advocacy organisations across Scotland to demonstrate the impact of the work that they do.

2019 pdf 2 MB Download Toolkit for Demonstrating the Impact of Independent Advocacy
SIAA Response – SNAP2 Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights

SIAA’s response on ‘SNAP 2: Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights’ draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard and realise their rights.

2019 Download SIAA Response – SNAP2 Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights
SIAA Submission of Evidence – Draft Scottish Budget Scrutiny 2020-21

SIAA Submission of Evidence to the Draft Scottish Budget Scrutiny 2020-21 provides a clear evidence-base in terms of what currently works and what needs to change in order to create a budget that meaningfully upholds human rights for equalities groups.

2019 pdf 331 KB Download SIAA Submission of Evidence – Draft Scottish Budget Scrutiny 2020-21
SIAA Response – Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland

SIAA’s response to the Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard throughout the process of making social security claims.

2019 pdf 367 KB Download SIAA Response – Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland
Self-directed Support and Independent Advocacy

Reseach report exploring the value of independent advocacy for suvivors of stroke.

2018 pdf 748 KB Download Self-directed Support and Independent Advocacy
SIAA Annual Report 2016 – 2017
2018 pdf 132 KB Download SIAA Annual Report 2016 – 2017
Advocating for Human Rights

A companion guide for independent advocates looking at how to effectively support people to secure their rights.

2017 pdf 2 MB Download Advocating for Human Rights
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Advocacy Map 2015 – 2016

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2015 to 2016.

2017 pdf 448 KB Download Advocacy Map 2015 – 2016
SIAA Annual Report 2015-2016
SIAA Annual Report 2015 – 2016
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A companion to the Code of Practice for Independent Advocacy
Working with Children and Young People Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting children and young people.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2016)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2016)
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Independent Advocacy Briefing

Briefing from 2016 covering the key benefits of independent advocacy and SIAA’s policy asks.

2016 pdf 269 KB Download Independent Advocacy Briefing
Do you know about independent advocacy – information for children

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for children and young people.

2016 pdf 125 KB Download Do you know about independent advocacy – information for children
Do you know about independent advocacy – information for parents

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for parents and carers.

2016 pdf 125 KB Download Do you know about independent advocacy – information for parents
About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2016)
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Opening Doors
2016 Video Watch Opening Doors
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2016 Video Watch Opening Doors English Subtitles
Opening Doors BSL Version
2016 Video Watch Opening Doors BSL Version
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2016 Video Watch Opening Doors Arabic Version
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2016 Video Watch Opening Doors Urdu Version
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2016 Video Watch Opening Doors Polish Version
A Voice to Trust
2016 Video Watch A Voice to Trust
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A Voice to Trust French Version
2016 Video Watch A Voice to Trust French Version
A Voice to Trust Somali Version
2016 Video Watch A Voice to Trust Somali Version
A Voice to Trust Urdu Version
2016 Video Watch A Voice to Trust Urdu Version
SIAA 2016 Manifesto

SIAA Manifesto for 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

2016 pdf 266 KB Download SIAA 2016 Manifesto
About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2015)
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SIAA Annual Report 2014 – 2015
2015 pdf 285 KB Download SIAA Annual Report 2014 – 2015
Where to Turn

Signposting information poster to advice and support services in Scotland (updated May 2019).

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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2015)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2015)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2015)
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Independent Advocacy and Self-directed Support Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people getting self-directed support.

2015 pdf 399 KB Download Independent Advocacy and Self-directed Support Guidelines
Research Report: Exploring the Value of Independent Advocacy

Reseach report exploring the value of independent advocacy and examining current advocacy provision in Scotland.

2014 pdf 195 KB Download Research Report: Exploring the Value of Independent Advocacy
Research Report: Directing your own Support?

A report examining the value of independent advocacy in supporting people through the Self-directed Support journey.

2014 pdf 221 KB Download Research Report: Directing your own Support?
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Research Report: Advocacy is for the People

Research into the impact of Independent Advocacy on the lives of older people.

2014 pdf 215 KB Download Research Report: Advocacy is for the People
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2014)
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Impact of Independent Advocacy for People with Learning Disabilities

Research into the impact of independent advocacy on the lives of people experiencing Learning Disabilities.

2014 pdf 198 KB Download Impact of Independent Advocacy for People with Learning Disabilities
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Research Report: Advocacy changed my life

Research into the impact of independent advocacy on the lives of people experiencing mental illness.

2014 pdf 244 KB Download Research Report: Advocacy changed my life
Advocacy Map 2013 – 2014

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2013 to 2014.

2014 pdf 8 MB Download Advocacy Map 2013 – 2014
Families at Risk Guidance

A companion guide for independent advocates working with families at risk.

2014 pdf 2 MB Download Families at Risk Guidance
Guide to Independent Advocacy and Self-Directed Support?

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for people getting self-directed support.

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SIAA Annual Report 2013 – 2014
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2014)
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What is independent advocacy? Information for young people and children

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for children and young people.

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Guide to Independent Advocacy for Parents and Carers

Leaflet explaining benefits of independent advocacy for parents and carers.

2014 pdf 132 KB Download Guide to Independent Advocacy for Parents and Carers
About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2014)
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Working with People in Prison Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people held within Scottish Prisons.

2014 pdf 322 KB Download Working with People in Prison Guidelines
About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2014)
2014 pdf 2 MB Download About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2014)
SIAA Annual Report 2012 – 2013
2014 pdf 1 MB Download SIAA Annual Report 2012 – 2013
About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2013)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2013)
2013 pdf 1 MB Download About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2013)
Towards the Future

A brief history of advocacy in Scotland.

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AWOL

Poems in Celebration of Advocacy by Jo McFarlane.

2013 pdf 225 KB Download AWOL
About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2013)
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Independent Advocacy and the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

Report detailing SIAA members’ survey results relating to independent advocacy and the Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2013)
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SIAA Advocacy Map 2011-2012
Advocacy Map 2011 – 2012

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2011 to 2012.

2013 pdf 8 MB Download Advocacy Map 2011 – 2012
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Advocacy, the Patients’ Rights (Scotland) Act 2011

Report detailing SIAA members’ survey results relating to independent advocacy and the Patients’ Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

2013 pdf 381 KB Download Advocacy, the Patients’ Rights (Scotland) Act 2011
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Ten Years of Advocacy Provision

As part of the ten year anniversary of Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), this report looks back at ten years of mapping advocacy provision.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2012)
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SIAA Annual Report 2011 – 2012
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2012)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2012)
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Problem Drug Use training pack

Pack for training materials for independent advocacy organistions working with people affected by drug use.

2012 zip 2 MB Download Problem Drug Use training pack
Mental Health Tribunal Advocacy Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people through a Mental Health Tribunal process.

2012 pdf 723 KB Download Mental Health Tribunal Advocacy Guidelines
About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2012)
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Research Report: More for Less

Independent Advocacy: More Demand, Less Funding. Report covering the economic recession’s increasingly negative impact on the most vulnerable.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2011)
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SIAA Annual Report 2010 – 2011
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2011)
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SIAA Stroke Training Pack
Stroke Training Pack

Pack for training materials for independent advocacy organistions working with people affected by stroke.

2011 zip 3 MB Download Stroke Training Pack
Guide to Independent Advocacy for Service Providers

Leaflet explaining benefits of independent advocacy for service providers.

2011 pdf 238 KB Download Guide to Independent Advocacy for Service Providers
The work of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Leaflet explaining the work of SIAA from 2011.

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Guide to Self Advocacy

Leaflet explaining self advocacy.

2011 pdf 254 KB Download Guide to Self Advocacy
Guide to Professional Advocacy

Leaflet explaining professional, one-to-one advocacy.

2011 pdf 231 KB Download Guide to Professional Advocacy
Guide to Peer Advocacy

Leaflet explaining peer advocacy.

2011 pdf 230 KB Download Guide to Peer Advocacy
Guide to Non-Instructed Advocacy

Leaflet explaining non-instructed advocacy.

2011 pdf 236 KB Download Guide to Non-Instructed Advocacy
Guide to Collective Advocacy

Leaflet explaining collective or group advocacy.

2011 pdf 240 KB Download Guide to Collective Advocacy
Guide to Citizen Advocacy

Leaflet explaining citizen advocacy.

2011 pdf 238 KB Download Guide to Citizen Advocacy
Guide to Independent Advocacy for Older People

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for older people.

2011 pdf 231 KB Download Guide to Independent Advocacy for Older People
Guide to Independent Advocacy for Families and Carers

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for families and carers.

2011 pdf 240 KB Download Guide to Independent Advocacy for Families and Carers
About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2011)
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Funding Opportunities in Advocacy

A 2011 report looking at funding opportunities for independent advocacy organisations.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2011)
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Stroke Advocacy Stories

Stories about independent advocacy for people affected by stroke. Published in partnership with the Stroke Association Scotland.

2011 pdf 390 KB Download Stroke Advocacy Stories
About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2010)
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SIAA Annual Report 2009 – 2010
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2010)
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Research Report: Available for All?

A report on independent advocacy for individuals with problem drug use in Scotland.

2010 pdf 1 MB Download Research Report: Available for All?
About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2010)
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2010)
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Advocacy Map 2009 – 2010

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2009 to 2010.

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Research Report: Independent Advocacy for Older People

A 2010 report into independent advocacy practice and provision for older people in Scotland.

2010 pdf 228 KB Download Research Report: Independent Advocacy for Older People
Independent Advocacy: an evaluation framework

This document sets out a framework for evaluating advocacy practice. Advocacy organisations are encouraged to measure their practice using the self-evaluation tool.

2010 zip 2 MB Download Independent Advocacy: an evaluation framework
Independent Advocacy: a guide for commissioners

2013 guidance for commissioners of independent advocacy. Published by Scottish Government.

2010 pdf 1 MB Download Independent Advocacy: a guide for commissioners
Literature Review: independent advocacy and survivors of stroke

Literature review of independent advocacy and survivors of stroke.

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SIAA Annual Report 2008 – 2009
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Elder Abuse Advocacy Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates working with an older person experiencing abuse.

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Non-Instructed Advocacy Guidelines

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people who lack the capacity to instruct an independent advocate.

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A Voice Through Choice

Stories about independent advocacy

2008 pdf 3 MB Download A Voice Through Choice
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Advocacy Map 2007 – 2008

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2007 to 2008.

2008 pdf 327 KB Download Advocacy Map 2007 – 2008
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Advocacy Map 2003 – 2004

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2003 to 2004. Published by Advocacy Safeguards Agency (2004).

2004 pdf 459 KB Download Advocacy Map 2003 – 2004

Publications Search Results

Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards & Code of Best Practice

Summary:

This document sets out the principles, standards and code of best practice that underpin good independent advocacy practice.

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Principles and Standards 2019 Front Cover
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2019
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Independent advocacy in action: Case studies illustrating SIAA’s ‘Principles and Standards’

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‘Independent advocacy in action’ showcases case studies that illustrate the ‘Independent Advocacy Principles, Standards and Code of Best Practice’.

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2021
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SIAA Manifesto 2021

Summary:

SIAA’s Manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections focuses on the following three key themes: improved access to independent advocacy, strategic provision of independent advocacy, and putting independent advocacy at the heart of policy making.

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Date:
2021
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Incorporation of Right to Independent Advocacy Briefing

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A new briefing, published by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and SIAA, lays out the case for incorporation of the right to independent advocacy into Scots law.

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Briefing front cover
Date:
2021
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463 KB
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SIAA Response – Public Petitions Committee Regulation of Non-Statutory Child Advocacy Services

Summary:

SIAA’s response to the Public Petitions Committee Regulation of Non-Statutory Child Advocacy Services addresses different elements shared by the sector as a whole considering that while at present, there is no formal regulatory body that oversees independent advocacy practice in Scotland.

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Date:
2021
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253 KB
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – Impact of Covid on equalities and human rights

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SIAA submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee on the Impact of Covid on equalities and human rights.

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2020
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SIAA Response – Raising the age of referral to the children’s reporter consultation

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SIAA responds to the Scottish Government consultation on raising the age of referral to the children’s reporter. Our contribution draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting children and young people.

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Date:
2020
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253 KB
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SIAA Response – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Summary:

SIAA responds to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill based on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people – both children and adults – to have their voices heard in a range of situations relating to, for instance, justice, health, education and social security.

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Date:
2020
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SIAA Response – Right to Food Bill Consultation

Summary:

SIAA comments the proposed Right to Food Bill broadly supporting a new law that would tackle issues of food insecurity and address the challenges facing Scotland’s food system to make it fairer for all.

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Date:
2020
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272 KB
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – UK Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications

Summary:

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard in a range of situations relating to,…

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Date:
2020
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – Alternative Children’s Rights Impact Assessment

Summary:

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence to the Alternative Children’s Rights Impact Assessment looks briefly at independent advocacy in the context of three key themes – human rights, Covid-19 and children – and highlights the need for the Scottish Government to embed access to independent advocacy for children in its response to Covid-19.

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Date:
2020
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – Scottish Mental Health Review

Summary:

SIAA’s Submission of Evidence to the Scottish Mental Health Review primarily focuses on the right to access independent advocacy and how we believe this right could be strengthened to help enhance the rights of people using mental health services.

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Date:
2020
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274 KB
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SIAA Annual Report 2018 – 2019

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2020
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SIAA Annual Report 2017 – 2018

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2020
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Independent Advocacy Commissioners Guidance

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2010 guidance for commissioners of independent advocacy.

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IA guide for commissioners front cover
Date:
2020
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – Forensic Mental Health Review

Summary:

SIAA responds to the independent review of forensic mental health services’ call for evidence. The review is an area of significant interest for SIAA and our member organisations, many of which deal with users of forensic mental health services on a daily basis.

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Date:
2020
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pdf
Size:
303 KB
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Toolkit for Demonstrating the Impact of Independent Advocacy

Summary:

Toolkit to support independent advocacy organisations across Scotland to demonstrate the impact of the work that they do.

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Date:
2019
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SIAA Response – SNAP2 Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights

Summary:

SIAA’s response on ‘SNAP 2: Proposal for Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights’ draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard and realise their rights.

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2019
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SIAA Submission of Evidence – Draft Scottish Budget Scrutiny 2020-21

Summary:

SIAA Submission of Evidence to the Draft Scottish Budget Scrutiny 2020-21 provides a clear evidence-base in terms of what currently works and what needs to change in order to create a budget that meaningfully upholds human rights for equalities groups.

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Date:
2019
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pdf
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331 KB
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SIAA Response – Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland

Summary:

SIAA’s response to the Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland draws on the experiences of our members and their expertise in supporting vulnerable people to have their voices heard throughout the process of making social security claims.

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Date:
2019
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pdf
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367 KB
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Self-directed Support and Independent Advocacy

Summary:

Reseach report exploring the value of independent advocacy for suvivors of stroke.

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Date:
2018
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748 KB
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SIAA Annual Report 2016 – 2017

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Date:
2018
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132 KB
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Advocating for Human Rights

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates looking at how to effectively support people to secure their rights.

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Date:
2017
Type:
pdf
Size:
2 MB
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Advocacy Map 2015 – 2016

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2015 to 2016.

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Date:
2017
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pdf
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448 KB
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SIAA Annual Report 2015 – 2016

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SIAA Annual Report 2015-2016
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2016
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Working with Children and Young People Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting children and young people.

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A companion to the Code of Practice for Independent Advocacy
Date:
2016
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pdf
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381 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2016)

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2016
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2016)

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2016
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Independent Advocacy Briefing

Summary:

Briefing from 2016 covering the key benefits of independent advocacy and SIAA’s policy asks.

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Date:
2016
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269 KB
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Do you know about independent advocacy – information for children

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for children and young people.

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Date:
2016
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Do you know about independent advocacy – information for parents

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for parents and carers.

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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2016)

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2016
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Opening Doors

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A Voice to Trust

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A Voice to Trust Cantonese Version

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A Voice to Trust Somali Version

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SIAA 2016 Manifesto

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SIAA Manifesto for 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

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2016
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2015)

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2015
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SIAA Annual Report 2014 – 2015

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2015
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Where to Turn

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Signposting information poster to advice and support services in Scotland (updated May 2019).

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2015
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2015)

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2015
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2015)

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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2015)

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Independent Advocacy and Self-directed Support Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people getting self-directed support.

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2015
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Research Report: Exploring the Value of Independent Advocacy

Summary:

Reseach report exploring the value of independent advocacy and examining current advocacy provision in Scotland.

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2014
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Research Report: Directing your own Support?

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A report examining the value of independent advocacy in supporting people through the Self-directed Support journey.

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2014
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Research Report: Advocacy is for the People

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Research into the impact of Independent Advocacy on the lives of older people.

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2014
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2014)

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Impact of Independent Advocacy for People with Learning Disabilities

Summary:

Research into the impact of independent advocacy on the lives of people experiencing Learning Disabilities.

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2014
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Research Report: Advocacy changed my life

Summary:

Research into the impact of independent advocacy on the lives of people experiencing mental illness.

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2014
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244 KB
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Advocacy Map 2013 – 2014

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2013 to 2014.

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2014
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8 MB
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Families at Risk Guidance

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates working with families at risk.

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2014
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2 MB
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Guide to Independent Advocacy and Self-Directed Support?

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for people getting self-directed support.

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2014
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111 KB
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SIAA Annual Report 2013 – 2014

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2014
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432 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2014)

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2014
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506 KB
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What is independent advocacy? Information for young people and children

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for children and young people.

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2014
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Guide to Independent Advocacy for Parents and Carers

Summary:

Leaflet explaining benefits of independent advocacy for parents and carers.

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2014
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132 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2014)

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2014
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Working with People in Prison Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people held within Scottish Prisons.

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2014
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322 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2014)

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2014
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2 MB
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SIAA Annual Report 2012 – 2013

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2014
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1 MB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2013)

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2013
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1 MB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2013)

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2013
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1 MB
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Towards the Future

Summary:

A brief history of advocacy in Scotland.

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Date:
2013
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597 KB
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AWOL

Summary:

Poems in Celebration of Advocacy by Jo McFarlane.

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2013
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2013)

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2013
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Independent Advocacy and the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

Summary:

Report detailing SIAA members’ survey results relating to independent advocacy and the Adult Support & Protection (Scotland) Act 2007.

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2013
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2013)

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2013
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Advocacy Map 2011 – 2012

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2011 to 2012.

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2013
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8 MB
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Advocacy, the Patients’ Rights (Scotland) Act 2011

Summary:

Report detailing SIAA members’ survey results relating to independent advocacy and the Patients’ Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

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2013
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381 KB
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Ten Years of Advocacy Provision

Summary:

As part of the ten year anniversary of Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), this report looks back at ten years of mapping advocacy provision.

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2013
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2012)

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2012
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SIAA Annual Report 2011 – 2012

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2012
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1 MB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2012)

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2012
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2012)

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2012
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Problem Drug Use training pack

Summary:

Pack for training materials for independent advocacy organistions working with people affected by drug use.

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2012
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2 MB
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Mental Health Tribunal Advocacy Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people through a Mental Health Tribunal process.

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2012
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723 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2012)

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2012
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Research Report: More for Less

Summary:

Independent Advocacy: More Demand, Less Funding. Report covering the economic recession’s increasingly negative impact on the most vulnerable.

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2011
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738 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2011)

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2011
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1 MB
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SIAA Annual Report 2010 – 2011

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Date:
2011
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pdf
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917 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2011)

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Date:
2011
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915 KB
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Stroke Training Pack

Summary:

Pack for training materials for independent advocacy organistions working with people affected by stroke.

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Date:
2011
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zip
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3 MB
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Guide to Independent Advocacy for Service Providers

Summary:

Leaflet explaining benefits of independent advocacy for service providers.

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2011
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238 KB
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The work of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Summary:

Leaflet explaining the work of SIAA from 2011.

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2011
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243 KB
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Guide to Self Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining self advocacy.

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2011
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254 KB
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Guide to Professional Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining professional, one-to-one advocacy.

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Date:
2011
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231 KB
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Guide to Peer Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining peer advocacy.

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Date:
2011
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230 KB
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Guide to Non-Instructed Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining non-instructed advocacy.

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Date:
2011
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236 KB
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Guide to Collective Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining collective or group advocacy.

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2011
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240 KB
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Guide to Citizen Advocacy

Summary:

Leaflet explaining citizen advocacy.

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Date:
2011
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238 KB
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Guide to Independent Advocacy for Older People

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for older people.

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2011
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231 KB
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Guide to Independent Advocacy for Families and Carers

Summary:

Leaflet explaining independent advocacy for families and carers.

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2011
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240 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2011)

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2011
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Funding Opportunities in Advocacy

Summary:

A 2011 report looking at funding opportunities for independent advocacy organisations.

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2011
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941 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2011)

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2011
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Stroke Advocacy Stories

Summary:

Stories about independent advocacy for people affected by stroke. Published in partnership with the Stroke Association Scotland.

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2011
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390 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Winter 2010)

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2010
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1 MB
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SIAA Annual Report 2009 – 2010

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Date:
2010
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pdf
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317 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Autumn 2010)

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Date:
2010
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3 MB
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Research Report: Available for All?

Summary:

A report on independent advocacy for individuals with problem drug use in Scotland.

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2010
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1 MB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Summer 2010)

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2010
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754 KB
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About Advocacy Magazine (Spring 2010)

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Date:
2010
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Advocacy Map 2009 – 2010

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2009 to 2010.

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Date:
2010
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14 MB
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Research Report: Independent Advocacy for Older People

Summary:

A 2010 report into independent advocacy practice and provision for older people in Scotland.

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2010
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228 KB
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Independent Advocacy: an evaluation framework

Summary:

This document sets out a framework for evaluating advocacy practice. Advocacy organisations are encouraged to measure their practice using the self-evaluation tool.

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2010
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2 MB
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Independent Advocacy: a guide for commissioners

Summary:

2013 guidance for commissioners of independent advocacy. Published by Scottish Government.

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2010
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1 MB
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Literature Review: independent advocacy and survivors of stroke

Summary:

Literature review of independent advocacy and survivors of stroke.

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Date:
2010
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740 KB
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SIAA Annual Report 2008 – 2009

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Date:
2009
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pdf
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167 KB
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Elder Abuse Advocacy Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates working with an older person experiencing abuse.

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Date:
2009
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pdf
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919 KB
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Non-Instructed Advocacy Guidelines

Summary:

A companion guide for independent advocates supporting people who lack the capacity to instruct an independent advocate.

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Date:
2009
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1,009 KB
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A Voice Through Choice

Summary:

Stories about independent advocacy

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Date:
2008
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pdf
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3 MB
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Advocacy Map 2007 – 2008

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2007 to 2008.

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2008
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327 KB
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Advocacy Map 2003 – 2004

Summary:

A map of independent advocacy across Scotland from 2003 to 2004. Published by Advocacy Safeguards Agency (2004).

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2004
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459 KB
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