Independent Advocacy (7566)

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2012
In independent advocacy, you act as a voice for older people, people with disabilities or anyone else who needs support to make their own choices and have their needs respected.
The qualifications were developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and are designed to help you learn more about how to represent an individual's interests and how to support them to interact with other individuals, organisations and agencies.
The Certificate in Independent Advocacy and Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy-Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, are for anyone whose job involves independent advocacy support. You could also take the qualifications if you're just starting off in the sector, or if you have a different job that sometimes involves advocacy skills.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

The qualifications cover the basic principles and purpose of independent advocacy, how to effectively respond to the advocacy needs of different groups of people and, with the Diploma, how to make decisions on behalf of individuals subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The centre you attend will be responsible for devising a programme of study. You'll mainly work with your trainer and occasionally organise some of your own learning.

You will also be assessed in a work setting, in real-life situations. You'll need to compile a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates how you performed against each learning outcome.

The Certificate in Independent Advocacy or Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy -Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards usually take:

  • Six months to one year full time
  • One to two years part time.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Completing the qualifications will enable you to progress to higher level courses in Advocacy and Health and Social Care such as degree level courses and vocational qualifications.

You can also move on to do one of a wide range of leadership and management qualifications offered by the ILM , a sister organisation of City & Guilds.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

In order to offer the Certificate in Independent Advocacy or Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy -Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards , you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

All centres are responsible for devising a programme of study - usually trainer-led courses plus private study. Learners will also need to be assessed in real life situations and must put together a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competency against each learning outcome.

All learners must be currently providing independent advocacy support or using advocacy skills as part of another role.

Level 3

Level 3 is for anyone whose job involves independent advocacy support. You could also take these qualifications if you're just starting off in the sector, or if you have a different job that sometimes involves advocacy skills.

There are two qualifications available at this level:

  • Certificate in Independent Advocacy
  • Diploma in Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The certificate comprises four core units:

  • Purpose and principles of independent advocacy
  • Providing independent advocacy support
  • Maintaining the independent advocacy relationship
  • Responding to the advocacy needs of different groups of people.

You also choose one optional unit from a range of five units.

The diploma comprises the above four core units, in addition to two further core units:

  • Providing independent mental capacity advocacy
  • Independent mental capacity advocacy - deprivation of liberty safeguards.

For a full list of required and optional units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Completing the qualifications will enable you to progress to higher level courses in Advocacy and Health and Social Care such as degree level courses and vocational qualifications.

You can also move on to do one of a wide range of leadership and management qualifications offered by the ILM , a sister organisation of City & Guilds.

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (plus specialism) (7566-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Independent Advocacy Management)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5846/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 27 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Independent Advocacy with Children and Young People)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5846/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 27 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5846/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 27 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Independent Mental Health Advocacy)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5846/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 27 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Providing Independent Advocacy to Adults)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5846/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 27 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) (7566-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013

Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards)

  • Accreditation No: 500/5847/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 39 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 170 - 170 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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