Module Overview

Advocacy in the Social Care Sector

The purpose of this module is to examine the role of advocacy in supporting individuals and groups to secure their rights and have their voices heard. Students will be supported to recognise the potential of advocacy to promote social justice and inclusion for individuals and groups experiencing inequality, discrimination and social exclusion.

Module Code

SSSC H4022

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Key Principles underpinning Advocacy and Models of Advocacy

-Defining advocacy-Key principles underpinning the advocacy -Models of advocacy

Advocacy in Social Care Settings

- Principles underpinning the advocacy - The relationship between the advocate and their advocacy partner - Advocacy role of Social Care Workers - The role of independent advocates - Conflict between professional and advocacy roles - Non-instructed advocacy

Advocacy : Policy and Structures

-Emergence of advocacy in Irish social policy-International context-The statutory functions of the Citizen Information Board-National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities-Non statutory services-Current developments and legislative influences

Using Advocacy to Promote Social Inclusion & Rights

- Relationship between advocacy and inclusion and realization of rights - Advocacy for people with disabilities, older people, children and people with mental health difficulties

Social Justice Advocacy in the Community and Voluntary Sector

- The relationship between advocacy and social justice - Mapping social justice advocacy within the community and voluntary sector - Critique of the role of the community and voluntary sector social justice / public policy advocacy - Influencing the policy making process - Designing an advocacy strategy - Explore a range of relevant case studies

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60