Advocacy role

Understanding rights

Advocates help people to find out about  rights and how to achieve their rights.

Exploring choices

Advocacy supports people to think about  how different choices can affect them.

Advocacy tasks

Advocates support people to speak up in meetings, to write letters and to challenge decisions through complaints processes.

Not giving advice

Advocates keep our own views to ourselves and do not give advice about what people should or shouldn’t do.

Not making decisions

Advocates do not make decisions, these are made by people we support or by people responsible for decisions by law.

Part of the professionals role is to involve people in their care and support. In these situations each person will have a view of what is best for the person they support. Independent advocates do not have a view about what is best so we can truly support a person to speak for themselves.

Independent Advocacy skills


Advocates understand the difficulties often faced by the people we support.

Person centred:

Advocates help other professionals to see each person as an expert in their own life, their needs and their wishes.


Positive approach:

Advocates help people to find out about support from services they might need to overcome problems in their lives.

Clear communication:

Advocates spend time listening and understanding what the person is saying.


Being honest is important so that people do not think advocates can fix everything.


We stay loyal to people we support and do not try to change their mind.


Advocates ask people we support to give us instructions on what they want us to do.


Advocates stay confident when speaking up to professionals who may be used to making decisions for people in their care.


We do not take over just because we believe in rights. We only do or say what people we support want us to do or say.


Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.


Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.


Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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Asist Advocacy Services is a registered charity number: 1048075
Asist is a company registered in England - company number: 3068125
Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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