Taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
Advocacy aims to bring about an improvement in a person’s situation, either through helping that person to achieve a desired outcome or though gaining increased knowledge, confidence in their abilities and/or the skills and self-assurance to speak up for themselves.
It is an empowering process. Some people are not clear about their rights, or have difficulty fully understanding or accessing these rights. The purpose of advocacy is to empower people and enable them to:
- clarify and express their views and concerns
- access information and services
- defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
- explore choices and options
- negotiate and resolve issues
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