The Code of Practice is a set of guidelines for advocates and their managers, aimed at providing clarity, support and boundaries for their practice. It is also a guide for commissioners of advocacy services that outlines the expectations and purpose of the role and what clients as well as commissioners should expect from the delivery of the service. The Code provides a clear description of what is and is not expected of an advocate in their day-to-day work with clients. An effective Code of Practice can:

  • Offer guidance to advocates in their role
  • Inform clients of what they can realistically expect from their advocate/advocacy service
  • Educate health, social care, third and private sector services, commissioners and others about the scope and limitations of the advocate’s role
  • Help to develop a better understanding of the training, supervision and support needs of advocates
  • Raise awareness of the need for and benefits of independent advocacy for vulnerable people

Please click here to view The Advocacy Charter

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