WHAT ADVOCACY IS NOT
Advocates are not Mediators, Advisors, Campaigners, Befrienders, Support Workers or Counsellors. Advocacy cannot ensure you get the result you want or decisions you do not like reversed. Our role is to ensure your voice is heard, duly considered and your rights upheld.
Advocates cannot advise you or tell you what you should do, instead they help you understand the options you may have and what the consequences of these options might be to help you decide what you want to do.
Advocates can and do challenge injustice, unfairness, exclusion and to those ends can support you if you feel you have suffered as a result of these things. An advocate can ensure that due process is followed resulting in the least restrictive options being taken and this function is defined as safeguarding.
Advocates cannot support any illegal practice or activity, accept payment beyond donations or fail to follow up on information that constitues Disclosure, where they believe their client or someone else involved in the case is at risk. The confidentiality clause is explained to all clients in their initial referral interview.
All Advocacy Orkney staff have full Disclosure checks which allows them to work with People and Vulnerable Groups and are trained in both Adult and Child Protection matters.