Who is Advocacy For? Why Do People Need Advocacy?
Advocacy services have often, although by no means always, been set up to provide services and support to specific groups of people.
This includes older and younger people, people with physical and/or sensory impairments, mental health service users, refugees and asylum seekers, people who lack capacity to make decisions, people with learning disabilities and people who have caring responsibilities.
In society some people are much more likely than others to be ignored or treated badly, either because of other people's prejudices or their vulnerability or both. Some people have to rely on services to perform everyday tasks other people take for granted; some people lack supportive family or friends; for some people their family is part of the problem.
Article published:2007-09-04back to Frequently Asked Questions articles