Social Advocacy Guiding Principles

Advocacy is speaking, acting and writing with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of the sincerely perceived interests of a disadvantaged person or group

•    to promote, protect and defend their welfare and justice
•    being on their side and no-one else’s
•    being primarily concerned with their fundamental needs
•    remaining loyal and accountable to them in a way which is emphatic and vigorous and which is, or is likely to be costly to the advocate or advocacy group

Key Features of Social Advocacy

•    The Convention of the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
•    The principle of social Justice
•    The principle of inclusion in community life

Elements of Social Advocacy

•    Taking positive, ethical action
•    Being on the side of someone who is vulnerable
•    Being understanding of the position and the vulnerability of the person
•    Remaining loyal and accountable over the long term where necessary
•    Being independent with minimised conflicts of interest
•    Focusing on fundamental needs, welfare and best interests of the person
•    Doing advocacy with vigour and a sense of urgency

Independent Social Advocacy is NOT

•    Service provision or personal care support
•    Case management
•    Guardianship
•    A lobby group or peak body
•    A big brother to watch over services
•    A complaints or mediation mechanism
•    An internal protective mechanism in government or services