Publications

Guidelines

Principles, Standards & Code of Best Practice (October 2019)

This document sets out the principles, standards and code of best practice that underpin good advocacy practice. It recognises that all independent advocacy organisations share the same principles. 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.

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Working with Children and Young People: Guidelines for Advocates (2016)

Read our latest guidance for advocates working with children and young people.

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Advocacy and Self-directed Support:Guidelines for Advocates

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Guidelines for Advocates working in Prisons (2014)

This companion guide to the Code of Practice provides guidance for advocates when supporting people held within Scottish Prisons.

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Mental Health Tribunal Advocacy Guidelines (2012)

This companion guide to the Code of Practice provides guidance for advocates when supporting service users through a Mental Health Tribunal process.

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Independent Advocacy: an Evaluation Framework (2010)

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

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Independent Advocacy: a Guide for Commissioners (2010)

This Guide reviews and updates the original guidance published in 2000 by the Scottish Executive. A further update to this guidance has been published by the Scottish Government in 2013.

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Elder Abuse Advocacy Guidelines (2009)

A companion guide to the Code of Practice. It details issues that an independent advocate might encounter when working with an older person experiencing abuse.

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Non-Instructed Advocacy Guidelines (2009)

This is a companion guide to the Code of Practice. It details why and how advocates and organisations can advocate for someone who lacks the capacity to instruct the advocate.

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