Independent Advocacy is used by people who want or need support to speak up, participate in decisions affecting them and take control of their own life.
Whilst there are other models of advocacy - for instance the type of legal advocacy provided by a barrister or humanitarian advocacy that is undertaken by NGO style organisations - these awards are aimed at Independent Advocacy that sits within health, education and social care systems.
We are using the following sector wide accepted definition of Independent Advocacy:
Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnerhship with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. (Advocacy Code of Practice)
These awards are open to anyone involved in Independent Advocacy who uphold and work towards the national standards outlined within the Advocacy Charter.