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.

Key Features
  • The Convention of the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • The principle of social Justice
  • The principle of inclusion in community life
  • 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
What it's 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
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