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Please see course dates below and send booking form to info@advocacytraining.org.uk

 

Course Venue Start Date

Unit 201: Understanding the Purpose and role of an Independent Avocate - 1 Day

London 24/5/17

Core Units 301, 302, 303 & 304 - 2 Day

London 9-10/5/17

Unit 306: Mental Health Advocacy - 1 Day 

London 5/7/17
Unit 313: Care Act Advocacy - 2 Day London 11-12/4/17
Unit 308: Generic Adult Advocacy - 1 Day London

01/3/17

Unit 309: Young Person Advocacy - 1 Day London

09/11/17

Unit 307: Advocacy Management - 2 Day London

10-11/10/17

Unit 305: IMCA Advocacy - 1 Day London

21/6/17

Unit 310: DoL Advocacy - 1 Day London

22/6/17

Pathway To Advocacy

Whether you are currently working in advocacy, work alongside advocacy or are interested in becoming an advocate we have training courses to suit your needs. This guide is intended to support you in choosing the right course for you and checking what qualifications you need to work in advocacy in your desired role.

 

I am /my employee is currently working as an Independent Advocate

We can support you in obtaining the qualifications you need for a statutory role as initial training or as further development. Please see the table below for more information on qualifying as per legal requirements and the Department of Health guidance.


Role

Statutory Guidance

Further Guidance

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)


Required:
Unit 306 IMHA accreditation within 12 months of start date


Further development:
Core Units in addition to Unit 306 IMHA to obtain L3 Certificate In Independent Advocacy (with specialism)

"Guidance on what constitutes appropriate experience and training for this purpose has been published by the Secretary of State for Health. The guidance includes an expectation that IMHAs will normally have completed the IMHA 306 Unit of the independent advocacy qualification by the end of their first year of practice;"  

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)


Required:
Professional Development attendance - Unit 305 IMCA prior to role


Further development:
Unit 305 IMCA Accreditation - strongly recommended as per DOH guidance

(2) The appointment requirements, in relation to a person appointed to act as an IMCA, are that—

(a)he has appropriate experience or training or an appropriate combination of experience and training; 

DOH recommend that Commissioners of IMCA services include criteria in the service providers contract requesting practising advocates complete and gain Unit 305 accreditation.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Advocacy (DoLS)


Required:
Professional Development attendance - Unit 305 IMCA and Unit 310 DoLS prior to role


Further development:
Unit 305 IMCA AND Unit 310 DoLS Accreditation- strongly recommended as per DOH guidance

Currently the criteria states : (s)he has appropriate experience or training or an appropriate combination of experience and training; DOH recommend that Commissioners of IMCA DOL services include criteria in the service providers contract requesting practising advocates complete and attain Unit 305 & Unit 310 accreditation.

Relevant Persons Representative Advocacy (RPR)


Required:
Nothing


Further development:

1. In-house RPR Training

2. Unit 305 IMCA and/or Unit 310 DoLS Accreditation or  Professional Development

 None  None

Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)


Required:
Core Units in addition to Unit 313 Care Act to obtain L3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (with specialism); OR accredited Unit 313 Care Act in addition to prior L3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy within 12 months of start date

Once appointed, all independent advocates should be expected to work towards the National Qualification in Independent Advocacy (level 3) within a year of being appointed, and to achieve it in a reasonable amount of time The DOH are now recommending that all CA advocates attend & gain Unit 313 accreditationeven if they already hold the full level 3 certificate.

New advocates are expected to complete 4 core units & unit 313 to achieve level 3 certificate.

 

Health Complaints Advocacy (HCA)


Required:
None


Further Development:
L3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (with specialism) strongly recommended due to Healthwatch England advisory

Healthwatch England have published standards for complaints advocacy (Feb 15) to suggest what a good complaints advocacy service should look like. It sets out the principles that must be at the heart of complaints advocacy. However, although HC Advocacy is a statutory provision there is no statutory or recommended requirement on training for those acting as Health Complaint Advocates.  

Community Advocacy (Adult or Child & Young Person)


Required:
None


Further Development:
1. Peer training eg. in-house Basic Advocacy Training or L3 OCN accredited volunteer course


2. Unit 201 - Role of an Independent Advocate


3. L3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (with specialism)

No guidance has been published outlining the training requirement for non statutory Advocacy services. There is no mandatory training. These services are often provided through volunteers & Citizen advocates.  







 

As well as the above roles, there is scope for a current advocate to broaden and deepen their knowledge or train in Advocacy Management. An advocate can obtain a Diploma in Independent Advocacy by taking the Core Units and in addition taking multiple specialism units to a total of 15 credits to achieve a qualification which demonstrates wide ranging knowledge in various advocacy areas. We also provide a management qualification with Unit 307: Managing an Independent Advocacy Service.


I am /my employee is currently working alongside Independent Advocacy

We strongly encourage anyone whose everyday role leads them to interact with Independent Advocacy to undertake a knowledge-based training course in advocacy principles. Our Level 2 Unit 201: Understanding the Purpose and Role of an Independent Advocate course is City & Guilds accredited and allows the learner to gain a basic understanding of Independent Advocacy principles, or as an alternative we do provide in-house non-accredited Basic Advocacy Training.

It is also possible to take legislation-specific accredited units as knowledge-based training. We offer Unit 311: Mental Capacity Legislation and Unit 312: Mental Health Legislation as online e-courses designed to suit anyone working in a legal capacity alongside IMHA and IMCA provision.

We also encourage learners to undertake an appropriate unit as professional development, in which the training is attended but no portfolio submitted and no accreditation gained as opposed to an accredited course.  All our units can be taken as personal development:

  • Unit 306 IMHA 
  • Unit 313 Providing Independent Advocacy under the Care Act 2014 
  • Unit 308 Providing Independent Advocacy to Adults
  • Unit 309 Providing Independent Advocacy to Children and Young People 
  • Unit 307 Managing an Independent Advocacy Service 
  • Unit 305 IMCA 
  • Unit 310 DoLS


I am /my employee is interested in training to become an Independent Advocate

We provide a Level 3 accredited course for volunteer advocates through our OCN Volunteer Course. Our Level 2 Unit 201: Understanding the Purpose and Role of an Independent Advocate course is City & Guilds accredited and allows the learner to gain a basic understanding of Independent Advocacy principles, or as an alternative we can provide in-house non-accredited Basic Advocacy Training.

Undertaking the Unit 201: Understanding the Purpose and Role of an Independent Advocate course is encouraged for anyone looking to undertake Independent Advocacy as a career, as this provides an accredited award which contributes learning and support towards the Core Unit 301 should you obtain a role as an Independent Advocate and move toward taking the Level 3 Certificate In Independent Advocacy (with specialism).

Although our Level 3 units all require you to be already working as an Independent Advocate to provide a portfolio of current evidence, you may wish to start by taking the unit course you are interested in as professional development in which the training is attended but no portfolio submitted and no accreditation gained. This would be of future use as you could then register for the accreditation and submit a portfolio at a later date once your role was obtained.