By Neil Bateman
Such a lot execs operating in overall healthiness or social care are required to behave as advocates as a part of their paintings. A social employee probably want to receive more cash or a selected provider for a consumer; a housing reliable may have to assist a tenant whose gain has been not on time via an area authority; a voluntary physique might choose to problem an announcement of targeted schooling wishes for a kid. it is a functional advisor to advocacy talents particularly written for these within the wellbeing and fitness and social care professions. the writer examines the functionality of advocacy inside of those professions and the way to interview, negotiate and self-manage effectively. He presents a constitution for advocacy, a consultant to the moral implication and suggestion on litigation and felony issues.
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This is perhaps not surprising as they are the fulcrum upon which advocacy balances. One major advantage of advocacy is that it brings a rights-based perspective into individually focused work which can otherwise lead to the individual being blamed for the failures of the external world. By bringing in a rights-based perspective in one area of a person’s life it is likely that such a perspective will develop in other areas. This means that the helping process becomes more egalitarian and democratic, with the service users in a stronger position because they are influencing the direction of the activity.
Advocacy seeks to represent the interest of powerless clients to powerful individuals and social structures’ (Payne 1997). Payne also usefully describes the place of advocacy in social work practice. ’ Davies goes on to describe two forms of advocacy in social work: personal advocacy and structural advocacy. The former focuses on the individual’s need and the latter on a community or group. ’ In other words, social work is ultimately concerned with just two themes – the empowerment and protection of people who are vulnerable, poor and/or disempowered.
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