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Advocacy and Empowerment

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Safeguarding and Legal

Course overview

This course has been developed to support learners working within a range of services including Housing, Residential Care, Nursing and Supported Living services. Learners will gain the knowledge which will support them to advocate for and empower the people that they are supporting.
The Care Act 2014 makes a big emphasis on advocacy and states that Local Authorities must involve people in decisions made about them and their care and support. The advocacy duty will apply from the point of first contact with the Local Authority and at any subsequent stage of the assessment, planning, care review, safeguarding enquiry or safeguarding adult review. This course will also explore the role of an IMCA.
This course will look at the values underpinning advocacy, the relevant legislation and standards, the role of the advocate and the best ways to support individuals within the service provided to them to help empower them in their lives. Learners will explore the history of the different models of advocacy and why it exists.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Group discussions, small group activities and case studies
This course has been developed and mapped to:
Advocacy QPM – Recognising quality in independent advocacy – Code of Practice
And the following QCF units:
Providing independent advocacy to adults
Purpose and principles of independent advocacy

Course content

What is advocacy?
The values and principles underpinning advocacy
Legislation and advocacy standards
Models of advocacy and their purpose
How advocacy has developed
The limits and benefits of advocacy
Duties under The Care Act 2014
Roles and responsibilities of the advocate
The role of an IMCA
Promoting empowerment
Local advocacy services

Learning outcomes

State what advocacy is
Describe the values and principles underpinning advocacy
List relevant legislation and advocacy standards
Give an example of a model of advocacy and its purpose
Explain how advocacy has developed
List the limits and benefits of advocacy
State the duties required under The Care Act 2014
List the roles and responsibilities of the advocate
Give an example of how to promote empowerment
List local advocacy services
Describe why confidentiality must be maintained


6 hours

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