Advocacy: Models and effectiveness (IRISS Insights, No. 20)

This Insight draws on evidence in relation to advocacy with both children and adults and on literature from the fields of health and social care. It outlines the key elements of the most prevalent models of advocacy and identifies good practice, as well as the limitations of advocacy models.  The Insight will provide an overview of the evidence base of what works in relation to advocacy provision.

Time to listen: independent advocacy within the child protection process

Report that sets out clear evidence to show that strengthening access to advocacy can significantly improve the experience and safeguarding of children within the child protection system. It also shows that the lack of a clear legislative driver for advocacy in child protection means that the child’s voice is often not heard and effectively represented, potentially leaving them at risk.

Making it personal: a national project

A national project looking at the role of advocacy for older people in the personalisation process: aimed at evidencing the positive impact that advocacy can have.

Advocacy: who cares for older people?

Report that focuses on the outcome of four specific discussion topics which were raised at a series of meetings that took place in 18 different English towns and cities.

The aim was to establish what kind of delivery mechanisms exist to provide advocacy for older people within both generic and specialist schemes, and to ascertain what sort of problems exist which might prevent the promotion and development of an effective service.

A voice that wasn't speaking: older people using advocacy and shaping its development

Report that presents a summary of the main findings of a consultation with older people who have had contact with and/or received advocacy services. The consultation was undertaken on behalf of the Older Peoples Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) UK as part of a project with the following aims:
1. To contribute to an evidence base for the effectiveness and impact of advocacy which can be reported to stakeholders, including policy-makers, commissioners and funders.
2. To engage older people with an interest in the development of advocacy services.

Making a real difference: a full report of the national development project

In 2003 Section 64 funding was awarded by the Department of Health to carry out a three-year development plan to implement OPAAL’s stated aims, and a development officer was appointed in October 2003. Although OPAAL itself aims to work across the United Kingdom, the nature of the funding means that the development project addresses England specifically.

Commissioning advocacy for older people: a common lack of approach?

Get Heard was invited in April 2007 by the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL UK) to carry out a literature review of commissioning documents provided by the statutory sector when commissioning advocacy services for older people. The original proposal was that 30-40 such commissioning documents would be assessed and the following themes explored: 

More for less? Independent advocacy - more demand, less funding

Report that outlines the experiences of Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) member organisations. The survey aimed to understand changes experienced by Scottish advocacy organisations over the last three years, and to gauge these organisations’ expectations for the future.

SCIE knowledge review 15 : mtetezi : developing mental health advocacy with African and Caribbean men

This knowledge review looks at the significant gap in high quality and effective mental health advocacy in African and Caribbean men. Drawing on individual accounts the research raises questions about the services, advice and support services currently being provided and what is actually needed by this over-represented group in the mental health sector. Knowledge review published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in June 2007.

SCIE guide 41 : IMCA and paid relevant person's representative roles in the mental capacity act deprivation of liberty safeguards

This guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE guides are one-stop shops for social care practitioners, presenting key findings, current legislation and examples of what is working well to guide and inform practice. Guide published in June 2011. Review date is June 2014.