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Advocacy (general)

If you are setting up a new advocacy service in Gateshead it is worth looking below at the Gateshead Code of Practice and key documents produced by Action for Advocacy.

Do contact us if you are thinking about setting up a service in Gateshead.

Gateshead Independent Advocacy Code of Practice – large print version
Advocacy: On Your Marks – developing a new advocacy service
Lost in Translation: outcomes of advocacy services
Putting advocacy in focus
Quality standards for advocacy schemes

  • This handy GAIN presentation (in PDF format) includes guidance on how to make a referral and advocacy case studies. It is also available as a PowerPoint presentation on request

A short guide to advocacy

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

  • ABC guide to ABI


BME advocacy

  • Black and minority ethnic case advocacy pilot project at Newcastle CVS
  • Supporting advocates working with cultural diversity


  • This guide has been written to help you think about the types of help and support you may need as a carer

Gateshead Carer’s Guide


  • ‘Hear what I say’ – developing dementia advocacy services
  • Challenging methodology to develop a framework for supportive care

Down’s syndrome and dementia

  • A manifesto produced by an advocacy consortium, including GAIN

Manifesto for independent advocacy services in England and Wales


  • Resources for older people with depression

Down but not out

Interpreting services

Independent advocacy
Independent mental health advocacy

  • This report finds wide variability in the commissioning of advocacy services, which should be available as a right to all patients who are detained or treated under the 2007 Mental Health Act

Independent mental health advocacy report

Learning disabilities – self advocacy


  • An outline of the new safeguards from Skills for People and where to find more information

Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards

Non-instructed advocacy

What do you do when your partner and yourself have no reliable means of communication? A number of advocacy organisations have developed non-instructed advocacy practice which incorporates a number of approaches including: rights-based; person-centred; watching brief and witness-observer.

A number of advocacy organisations have developed policies and resources on non-instructed advocacy and asist is one of them.

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance has also developed guidelines


  • GAIN’s A Stronger Voice (ASV) project has published resources that support advocacy projects in service delivery and efficiency

Strand 1: role and value of advocacy in personalisation

Role and value of advocacy in personalisation

Personalisation presentation

The journey to self directed support

Advocacy stories

Strand 3: efficiency in service delivery

Local performance measures for advocacy

Models of provision and commissioning

Adult social care supervision

GAIN’s adult social care supervision toolkit was developed to support social workers during their induction and appraisal about the role and value of independent advocacy.

Adult social care supervision toolkit

  • A series of nine factsheets produced by Gateshead Council

Employing a personal assistant – for those on personal budgets

  • Gateshead LINk has produced a ‘First Steps to Personalisation’ leaflet and a personalisation guide for adults with social care needs

First steps to personalisation

Personalisation guide

  • Three leaflets from the Social Care Institute for Excellence on the implications of personalisation for nursing homes, personal assistants and those with autistic spectrum conditions

Personalisation at a glance

  • OPAAL’s Making it Personal (MIP) project involved working with independent advocacy schemes to support their users’ engagement with personal budgets and independent living. The toolkits produced as part of MIP and presentations from related events can be found on the MIP section of the OPAAL website
    Making it Personal (MIP)


  • City & Guilds has training leading to a Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy and a Level 3 Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Nationally accredited advocacy qualifications

Research reports on advocacy

  • This report looks at the independence of the advice and advocacy sectors, concluding they need to be free of public control