1. Outstanding advocate sponsored by Peter Edwards Law
This category recognises people who truly make a difference to the world through their advocacy practice. We are looking to celebrate individuals whose contribution has directly led to improvements or change for people or organisations. This could be someone who has:
2. Outstanding service
This category recognises services that are making a difference in a local area. We want to showcase the very best in service delivery. This category also recognises developments and improvements within how advocacy is delivered. We want to celebrate creative and innovative ways services are evolving their support. This could include services that:
3. Best co-production
This award recognises best practice within co-production. Co-production is about working in equal partnerships with people who use services and carers. We want to hear from services who are leading the way in using co-production to design, deliver and evaluate the advocacy service. This could include:
4. Equality and Diversity sponsored by Irwin Mitchell
Equality and Diversity is about making sure that people from all communities are included and treated fairly. We want to hear from services leading the way in serving diverse communities, forming partnerships with community organisations and supporting a diverse staff group and volunteers.
Equality is a legal framework to protect against discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people with protected characteristics. Diversity is the valuing of our individual differences and talents, creating a culture where everyone can participate, thrive and contribute.” (source: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/article/2674/Equality-and-diversity accessed June 2016)
This could include:
5. Best supporter
This award focuses on people who do not directly deliver advocacy but who contribute to and improve standards within the sector.
This could be:
6. Stand Out Children's Award sponsored by The Hadley Trust
The Stand Out Children's Advocacy Award will be awarded to an individual or service who goes to extraordinary lengths or shows exceptional commitment to improving the lives of children and young people through advocacy.
This could be:
Further guidance on judging criteria is also available.