“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”
The Advocacy Charter 2002
Network Circle for Deafness adheres to the principles of the Advocacy Charter and ensures that all our advocates are fully trained and CRB checked before meeting and working with members of the public.
Advocates are completely independent from any service providers.
The advocates’ role is to support the clients to make their own choices and do not offer solutions or advice.
Advocates will not discuss confidential matters with third parties unless you have given them written permission to do so.
Advocates represent your views; they will not represent the views of professional workers or your family without your express wishes.
Empowerment means that advocates will follow your wishes even if they disagree with your course of action. Advocates support your right to make your own decisions.
All our advocates are volunteers. All advocates have their out of pocket travel expenses covered. There is no charge made to service users. This however, could change in the future funding being available.
Safety and Risk
Advocacy for the deaf, deaf blind, hard of hearing and blind work to ensure that no advocate will be put at risk by carrying out their duties. All advocates are police checked and have had references followed up before being able to work with service users.