Independent Advocacy Practice (3614)

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2021
This qualification is for those individuals who act as independent advocates in both statutory and/or non-statutory roles. It has been designed to meet the needs of independent advocates working in England and in Northern Ireland.

The qualification provides the opportunity to develop both the skills and knowledge required to provide independent advocacy.
It is suitable for those individuals who act as Independent Advocates where there is a statutory entitlement requirement for individuals to have access to an independent advocate. The qualification provides a way of recognising the competence of independent advocates:
  • in specialist areas such as mental health and mental capacity advocacy
  • where qualifications for independent advocates are mandatory in England
  • in independent advocacy roles where there is no statutory entitlement
  • who work in a range of other contexts.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?
The qualification structure is based on the learner having to achieve the following:

All 3 mandatory units covering:
  • principles and practice of independent advocacy
  • legislation relevant to independent advocacy
  • entitlements and access to independent advocacy.
Plus ONE unit from the optional which cover the following themes:
  • mental capacity
  • mental health
  • adult social care
  • children and young people
  • complaints
  • community.
The qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. Full rules of combination are specified in the Qualification Handbook.
What Careers Can This Lead To?
Learners can progress to management of services via team leader or our ILM suite of qualifications at level 4/5.
What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?
Tutors and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) staff will need to be occupationally knowledgeable to deliver and to carry out quality assurance activities. IQAs should also hold a recognised IQA qualification.

Assessors will need to be occupationally competent and qualified to assess the units.

For more information please see the Qualification Handbook.

Providers currently approved to offer 3610 Independent Advocacy will be automatically approved to offer the new qualification.

Level 4

Level 4 Independent Advocacy Practice (3614-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2023 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 4 Independent Advocacy Practice

  • Accreditation No: 603/6889/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: NVQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Independent Advocacy Practice

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: NVQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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Interested in delivering this qualification?

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