Independent Advocacy 

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1. What is an independent advocate? 

An independent advocate is someone who supports you to say what you want to say, or will say what you want to say, when you are not able to do so. An independent advocate is someone who works for, or volunteers with, an independent advocacy organisation.

Independent Advocacy includes:

  • Safeguarding people who are vulnerable, discriminated against or whom services find difficult to serve
  • Empowering people to express their own needs and make their own decisions
  • Enabling people to express their own needs and make their own decisions
  • Enabling people to get information, explore and understand their options, and to make their views and wishes known
  • Speaking on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves

Information updated August 2018. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.