Policy and Campaigns
The SIAA works with its members and other stakeholders to influence policy and legislation developed by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. Our aim is to raise awareness about the value and impact of independent advocacy, influence decision makers ultimately with a view to widening access to independent advocacy for all who need it in Scotland.
Families at Risk
High quality independent advocacy support for people in vulnerable situations can help them understand and identify options, make informed choices and ensure that their voice is heard. Successful, lasting outcomes for children, young people and parents in vulnerable situations are more likely to be achieved if those most affected are as fully involved as possible in the decision making process. SIAA member organisations report increasing numbers of referrals for parents with learning disabilities or mental health problems. There is limited access to advocacy for children and young people. The project aims to encourage the development of wider access to high quality independent advocacy for families at risk.
The Families at Risk project is funded by the Scottish Government Third Sector Early Intervention Fund managed by the Big Lottery.
- To raise awareness and understanding of the role of Independent Advocacy throughout a person’s care and support journey. In particular, in helping people to be actively involved in their assessment and support, to have control, to have genuine access to the choices available under social care law and to make informed decisions about the support they receive.
- To raise awareness and understanding of the role of self-directed support advice organisations in local areas and develop a shared understanding of the role of advice and advocacy organisations in the supported person’s journey
- To help build capacity primarily within the advocacy movement.
- To establish a pilot quality assurance project to measure the quality of advocacy provided in Scotland
- To ensure clear, transparent and cost effective use of available resources in the delivery of advocacy
- To identify appropriate means of delivering an advocacy quality assurance project in Scotland.
- To measure and report on the impact of independent advocacy.
SIAA regularly recruit interns for different projects, see more about our internships here.