Non-Instructed Advocacy

Non-instructed advocacy is for people who cannot tell the advocate of their wishes. The aim is to make sure the person has their rights considered, and is treated the same as anyone else. Advocates make sure that the person’s needs and preferences are taken into account.

Advocates begin by assuming that the person they are advocating for is able to communicate their wishes and make every effort to help the person to understand and communicate what they think. Sometimes the person is not able to communicate what they think or what their opinion is, so a ‘quality of life’ or ‘legal and civil rights’ based approach is used.

This type of advocacy may mean that the advocate has to speak to people involved in the person’s life; such as relatives, friends, or staff. It should always be remembered that they are not doing so in order to follow the wishes of these other people.

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