The Elfrida Society provides advocacy and support services across Islington and other London boroughs. Our learning disabilities specialist, independent and free services reach parents, families and individuals struggling with particular challenges in their lives.
Advocacy means taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
Non-instructed advocacy takes place when a person lacks the capacity to instruct an advocate. An individual might be able to express what they want, e.g. to go home, state what they like or dislike, but may lack the capacity to instruct an advocate as to the action to take regarding a particular issue. The non-instructed advocate seeks to uphold the person’s rights; ensure fair and equal treatment and access to services; and make certain that decisions are taken with due consideration for all relevant factors which must include the person’s unique preferences and perspectives.
The post holder will work alongside the Parents Advocacy Services team, providing advocacy support to parents with learning disabilities to help them to understand the requirements and responsibilities they need to fulfil in order to meet the rights of their children. Working across a range of life spheres including education, independent living, employment, health, safeguarding, wellbeing, social inclusion, etc.
Advocates will be working with professionals such as social workers, housing teams, schools, solicitors, court staff, specialist service providers, etc. The aim is to prevent parents from having to face Child Protection or Child in Need situations, but when these situations occur our service provides advocacy support for care proceedings and in court support.
Closing date 12 noon Monday 13th July 2020.
Interviews will be held on during week commencing 20th July 2020.
Candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted by email and or telephone, so please include an email address and mobile telephone number or any other telephone number where you can be reached.
Please note that we do not accept CV’s.
Thank you for your interest in this role.