Advocacy Skills for Health and Social Care Professionals by Neil Bateman

By Neil Bateman

Such a lot execs operating in health and wellbeing or social care are required to behave as advocates as a part of their paintings. A social employee probably want to receive more money or a selected provider for a consumer; a housing reputable might have to aid a tenant whose profit has been not on time by means of an area authority; a voluntary physique might choose to problem a press release of targeted schooling wishes for a kid. this can be a functional advisor to advocacy talents particularly written for these within the healthiness and social care professions. the writer examines the functionality of advocacy inside those professions and the way to interview, negotiate and self-manage effectively. He presents a constitution for advocacy, a consultant to the moral implication and recommendation on litigation and criminal issues.

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Davies goes on to describe two forms of advocacy in social work: personal advocacy and structural advocacy. The former focuses on the individual’s need and the latter on a community or group. ’ In other words, social work is ultimately concerned with just two themes – the empowerment and protection of people who are vulnerable, poor and/or disempowered. Advocacy is one of the tools which can be used in furtherance of empowerment and protection. Coulshed, another writer on social work theory, places advocacy among the skills to be used when trying to obtain resources for a client (Coulshed 1991).

In other words, social work is ultimately concerned with just two themes – the empowerment and protection of people who are vulnerable, poor and/or disempowered. Advocacy is one of the tools which can be used in furtherance of empowerment and protection. Coulshed, another writer on social work theory, places advocacy among the skills to be used when trying to obtain resources for a client (Coulshed 1991). Advocacy is seen as a practical skill and is divorced from the philosophical basis of advocacy that is, primarily, concerned with depersonalising a problem.

3. Has the advice worker been too hasty in reaching a conclusion? Should the matter have been researched a bit more? For example, if there had been more questioning and listening could it have led the advice worker to conclude that the client did, after all, have a right to council housing under the homelessness legislation? 4. Should the advice worker take other action against the landlord, for example by reporting him to the local authority harassment officer, or telling other tenants about the landlord’s behaviour?

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