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Advocacy is defined as a key concept in social work practice.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Social Work

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ADVOCACY REPORT

Advocacy is defined as a key concept in social work practice. It is defined as exerting influence on behalf of organisations and groups within legal power and political structure.

" Advocacy involves either an individual or group, or

their representatives, pressing their case with

influential others, about situations which either

affect them directly or, and more usually, try to

prevent proposed changes, which will leave them

worse off" (Soloman 1985)

There are not many opportunities for technical advocacy at my placement. By technical I mean for example advocating on someone appealing on behalf of a social benefit. However there are some opportunities for personal advocacy. This is because the service users are from an Asian heritage background, which results in the majority of them having a definite language barrier because they do not understand or speak English very well. Service users find it difficult to voice their concerns and wishes; this makes them more vulnerable and marginalized from the rest of society.

A review and evaluation of Mrs R 's care plan was being undertaken by the social worker,

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