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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Advocacy in Practice: The Troubled Position of Advocates in Adult Services
Author(s): Forbat, Liz
Atkinson, Dorothy
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Keywords: adult services
adults services
advice services
professional associations
professional conduct
service users
social workers
social worker-service user relationship
user participation
Older people Mental health
Older people
Social service
Old age assistance
Issue Date: Apr-2005
Citation: Forbat L & Atkinson D (2005) Advocacy in Practice: The Troubled Position of Advocates in Adult Services. British Journal of Social Work, 35 (3), pp. 321-335.
Abstract: This paper is a review, and critical appraisal, of the theory and practice of advocacy. Advocacy is not social work, but its principles and values resonate closely to those espoused by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW, 2002). In this paper, the authors interrogate the assumption that advocacy is necessarily always a positive and enabling experience. Indeed, the authors suggest that the use of advocacy can be contested from the point of the view of the service user (the advocacy partner), the advocate and from professionals working with advocates (or positioning themselves as advocates). Drawing on recent research that evaluated advocacy services in Nottinghamshire, the authors discuss some of the key tensions. In particular, we consider the reality of the advocate’s role, including where it relates to and differs from social work, and the issue of whether advocacy can be part of what a social worker does anyway. The authors also review, briefly, the dilemmas arising from professionals acting as advocates, especially in relation to being independent of services.
DOI Link: 10.1093/bjsw/bch184
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