Advocacy in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove

What is advocacy?

Advocacy seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:

  • Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
  • Defend and safeguard their rights.
  • Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.

Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • Express their views and concerns.
  • Access information and services.
  • Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
  • Explore choices and options.

The SCT approach

It is important that people in need of an advocate find a person that can best meet their needs, and there are many ways of accessing an advocate.

In this way, SCT directs people in need of an advocate to a number of established agencies that can either:

  • Provide their own appropriate advocacy service and/or
  • Signpost people to the most appropriate advocacy services.

This process avoids duplication and minimises the risk of providing out of date information.