Scottish Government standards aim to encourage consistent and quality advocacy services in the new social security system.
The Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 created a right of access to advocacy for disabled people accessing Scotland’s new social security system, alongside standards to ensure advocacy support is provided to a consistently high quality. The standards will need to be met as part of any agreement with Scottish Ministers for advocacy services.
The Scottish Government is now consulting on draft social security advocacy service standards (this link will take you away from our website) and would like to hear views from people who have used advocacy services and organisations. The standards outline:
- A definition of advocacy
- How the principle of independence should be met in practice
- How the principle of person-centredness should be met in practice
- How the principle of “accessible” should be met in practice
- How the principle of “trained” should be met in practice
- How the principle of quality assurance should be met in practice.
The consultation runs for three months until 7 October 2019. If you have any views you would like to share with the ALLIANCE please contact Andrew Strong, Assistant Director (Policy and Communications) at firstname.lastname@example.org.