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ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENTADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENTHEALTHANDSOCIALCARE
ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENTContentsIntroduction.....................................................................................................................................................................2Models of advocacy and empowerment.........................................................................................................................2Promoting independence and individual rights...............................................................................................................4Compare and contrast of initiatives promoting empowerment and involvement...........................................................5Skills...............................................................................................................................................................................7Conclusion......................................................................................................................................................................8References.....................................................................................................................................................................10
ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENTIntroductionAdvocacy in UK existed for a long time and during this period of existence, various models,schemes flourished, which was solely based on the appropriateness of the multifarious groups ofpeople[ CITATION Act06 \l 1033 ]. The underlying features of the advocacy is related toindependence from the services by the process of empowerment, where the people are providedsupport by accessing voice so that they can achieve citizenship in all its meaning, so basicallyadvocacy challenges inequality by uplifting the social justice and thereby creating fairnessthroughout[ CITATION Boy11 \l 1033 ]. So, through advocacy individuals and acquire theinformation based on their very needs and simultaneously understands their own rights so thatthey can develop their own choices to voice their view or judgement. But, again advocacy cannotbe he one which helps in mediation and nevertheless does help in counselling but, few elementsor the other is present in models underneath this term called advocacy.Models of advocacy and empowermentThere are many models associated with advocacy and they include,Self- advocacy which is representation by ones’ own self, but can vary due to the fact thatsometimes self- advocacy is by a particular individual all for own self and sometimes it is for agroup a single individual is representing. This model basically, outward facing and is focused atprocuring things for a particular individual or may be a group as the case may be and in so doingthis model seeks to guarantee so that the individual's voice is heard, thereby advancing certainty,based on abilities and information and hence providing assurance of individual rights[ CITATION And091 \l 1033 ].Peer advocacy focuses on two persons with a common
ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENTbackground, where the common expertise is being shared by individual experience. Similar toself- advocacy this model can also be conducted on individual and also on a group of individualsdeveloped with spontaneity and primarily focuses on the solution to the problem so framed bylessening the imbalance between two individuals of shared experience. When selected withinspecific groups, it gets much effective.Volunteer Citizen advocacy as the name suggests requires the involvement of volunteers to besituationally trained to match with a particular individual so that the particular volunteer couldopine the views of the individual so matched with, but this act of advocacy must not be in anyway influenced by the very own of the volunteer or any other organisation, whichever may bethe case. The relationship between the individual and the volunteer continues irrespective ofdefining any particular issue.Independent or sometimes as it is called professional advocacy is a relation where the personproviding the advocacy is being paid for the service so rendered by providing the support or maybe at times the information and also representation when the need may be. So, this kind ofadvocacy is not in any form a social work and is carried on with governance and funding whichis independent, thereby achieving lesser conflict of interest and possible examples includesmental disorder treatment, which requires specialist treatment[ CITATION Tow09 \l 1033 ]The non- instructed advocacy is, as the name suggests is devoid of having any instruction soprovided and it is due to the very reason that the person who is being provided the advocacy isincapable to instruct personally, may be due to the illness so suffered. This type of advocacy isoften seen with the patients suffering from dementia, who lacks the necessary capacity to instructdue to a varied number of reasons. But, it is not a gospel’s truth that every person who have
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