Salary: £10.40 – £12.22 per hour - Salary level will be determined by existing level of advocacy experience and qualifications.
Hours: Flexible (from 5hrs per week - 37.5hrs per week)
Responsible to: Advocacy Co-ordinator and Senior Manager for the Project
Accountable to: Chief Executive and the Trustees of the organisation.
Location: Travel is expected across the Darlington and across Tees Valley, Based at Enterprise House
Holidays: 25 days per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays
Travel: A travel allowance is payable for travel in connection with the post
Other: DAD offers company pension, generous sick scheme, employer assistance programme
To provide a range of types of advocacy support (depending on experience and qualifications), including:
- General Independent Advocacy
- Relevant Person’s Representative, for people who are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Independent Mental Health Advocacy, for people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, amended 2007
- Care Act Advocacy
- Independent Mental Capacity Act advocacy.
The role will involve supporting people to speak for themselves, to obtain information and to understand their options and rights. The role will also involve non instructed advocacy.
The post holder will work in conjunction with other staff of the organisation and will assist in the co-ordination, smooth running and development of the service where appropriate
- To provide a response to requests for advocacy within specified time scales.
- To provide confidential one to one, high quality advocacy support.
- To complete an advocacy action plan in partnership with the person they are supporting.
- Use person centred approaches to ensure advocacy support is the highest quality possible.
- To signpost to appropriate specific legal advice and other appropriate services where necessary.
- To assist people to participate in their assessment and care planning and to represent their views and rights when necessary.
- To attend and support people at meetings and forums such as Community Care Assessments and reviews, Safeguarding Protection Meetings, meetings related to making a complaint, Mental Health Tribunals, Hospital Managers Hearings etc.
- To ensure that people using the service are able to make informed choices about their support.
- To ensure that people using the service are supported to assert their rights and to self-advocate whenever possible.
- To research and keep up to date, with new legislation, guidance and emerging good practice.
- Support people to explore their potential to the fullest, push boundaries and take risks to maintain or regain increased control and independence over their daily lives.
- To work within the Advocacy Charter and Code of Practice for Advocates
- To work within and comply with the contractual remit of the service, all DAD policies, the code of practice, code of conduct and company rules.