What is Independent Advocacy?

The Advocacy Project offers free, independent support to people affected by decisions involving health and social care. We can help you:

• Understand processes.
• Communicate with services and agencies.
• To be involved in decisions about your life.

The Advocacy Project’s staff are subject to checks under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and are bound by a number of policies and procedures, including GDPR and adult and child protection.

Unfortunately, independent advocates cannot guarantee results but they can ensure that a person’s voice is heard and considered. Neither are advocates a substitute for other services like health or social care, welfare rights, solicitors etc.

You can find out more about independent advocacy at the SIAA’s website.

“My Advocacy Worker was invaluable during my stay in hospital.  She was competent, friendly, caring and gave positive support to myself and my named person. Thank you.”

Key legislation

All our workers are trained  in relation to health and social care legislation, including:

  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
  • Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

We adhere to the SIAA’s Principles and Standards and Code of Practice for Independent Advocacy.

Safeguarding Role

Some people are unable to share their wishes and views because of complex communication issues, long term illness or disability. In situations where people are unable to instruct, independent advocacy still plays a vital role in protecting their rights.

The Advocacy Project has operating procedures for working with people who lack capacity which adhere to the SIAA’s Non-Instructed Advocacy Guidelines.

Engagement & Involvement

Our Engagement & Involvement Service supports people who use services to have a voice regarding the services they receive, using the overarching principles of independent advocacy.