To collaborate where possible. To challenge where necessary.
Context for Support and Advocacy Work
What support and independent advocacy is
- Make decisions and to participate in decisions about themselves
- Communicate what their personal wishes are
- Represent their interests in accordance with their will and preference
- Secure their rights, and
- Obtain services they need.
- Promoting social inclusion, equality and social justice.
- Sage personnel are:
- Free from any conflict of interest
- Independent of family, service provider or systems interests
- Recruited, trained, supported and supervised by a recognised support and advocacy body
- Guided by quality standards and robust policies and practice guidelines.
What the service offers
- Direct delivery of support and independent advocacy to individuals and groups with a focus on issues that have the potential for the greatest possible systemic impact.
- Work to ensure that legislation, policies and practices are developed that will meet the needs of vulnerable adults and older people.
- Work to ensure that the highest possible standards of service delivery are developed, communicated and implemented.
- Recognition of the fundamental importance of values, standards and the law in determining the wellbeing of vulnerable adults and older people.
- Work with public, private and independent service providers in order to identify adults who may be at risk and in need of safeguarding.
- A team of people capable of tackling the most complex support and advocacy challenges presented by vulnerable adults and older people.
- An understanding and appreciation of the systemic inequalities and weaknesses that exist in legislation, policies and practices.