Key points from this review are as follws
- “There is a range of models of advocacy, each with distinctive characteristics relating to type of work undertaken, length of involvement and appropriate person who should undertake the role
- There is a limited evidence base about the effectiveness of advocacy. This is primarily due to differing definitions and a lack of understanding about the role of advocacy
- There is some evidence to suggest that the advocacy process promotes increased self-confidence and ensures the voices of people who access services are heard
- Geographically, the availability of advocacy is varied across Scotland, particularly for specialist forms of advocacy
- Advocates require a significant set of skills to undertake the role effectively; there is a need for ongoing training and regular supervision to maximise effectiveness”
Read the review here http://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/advocacy-models-and-effectiveness
Thanks to the A Dignified Revolution (http://dignifiedrevolution.org.uk/) Newsletter for pointing this out.