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What is Independent Advocacy ?

(Not to be confused with a legal Advocate, We do not act for you within the legal framework or during court.)

 

Independent Advocacy is a way to help people have a voice, be heard and to have as much control as possible over their own lives.

 

An independent advocate will not make decisions on behalf of the person they are supporting. The independent advocate helps the person to get the information they need to make real choices about their circumstances and supports the person to put their choices across to others. An independent advocate may speak on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves

 

We work to the principles of the Advocacy Charter:
  • Clarity of purpose. We have clearly stated aims and objectives and are able to demonstrate how we meet the principles in this Charter. ...
  • Independence. ...
  • Confidentiality. ...
  • Person Centred Approach. ...
  • Empowerment. ...
  • Equal opportunity. ...
  • Accountability. ...
  • Accessibility

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

On the Isle of Man it is commonly known that an 'Advocate' is a person whom advises on the law, they may attend court with you, custody or indeed Mental health tribunals.

Independent Mental Health Advocates DO NOT act for you in a court of law, we are not legally qualified to act as a lawyer /legal Advocate.  We have extensive knowledge of most laws associated with the support we give, such as The Mental Health Act, Human Rights and The Equalities Act.   However should you need legal advice we are happy to support you in doing this.  A list of Legal Advocates who specialise in Mental Health law / legislation can be found on our Mental Health Law & Legislation page.

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