The Scottish Government has published guidance to promote best practice in Scotland in relation to advocacy for adult carers.
Developed for independent advocacy organisations, independent advocates, carer advocacy projects and carer advocacy workers, the guidance provides details of the role and boundaries of advocacy for carers.
The guidance will also be of interest to carers for understanding best practice and sign-posting towards self-advocacy techniques and to everyone involved in working with and supporting carers.
The guidance highlights various types of advocacy which may be offered and the importance of each.
What are the benefits of having an advocate?
An advocate can:
- ensure the carer’s rights are upheld
- help carers to access early-intervention support to prevent crisis
- get the carers’ voice heard when dealing with professionals and others. They can do this by giving the carer clarity and confidence in relation to their rights and choices
- speak on behalf of the carer or support the carer to get their voice heard, in writing or in person
- offer the carer independence and trust as the advocate is wholly on the side of the carer with the sole focus on getting the carer’s views heard
- represent the carer as a distinct voice from the person being cared for
- help the carer navigate ‘the system’ by finding the right person for the carer to present their views to
- support a carer in meetings and clarify the carers’ needs to professionals
- explain to the carer the reasons around professionals’ decision making
- help translate jargon and terminology used by professionals.
Read the Advocacy for Unpaid Carers, Guidance