IAQ Unit Aims and Learning Outcomes

Unit Level/
Credit
Value
Unit Aim Learning Outcomes

Unit 301
Purpose and
Principles of
Independent Advocacy

Level 3
CV - 4
  • This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of what Independent Advocacy is and how to use the values and principles which underpin good practice. The unit focuses on the different models of advocacy, their history and why they exist.
  • Understand Independent Advocacy
  • Explain principles and values underpinning Independent Advocacy
  • Describe the development of advocacy
  • Be able to explain different types of advocacy support and their purpose
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of an Independent Advocate
  • Understand advocacy standards.
Unit 302
Providing Independent
Advocacy Support

Level 3

CV - 6
  • This unit focuses on the practicalities of offering Independent Advocacy support. It aims to develop the skills which will enable candidates to establish safe boundaries within the Independent Advocacy relationship. It also addresses practical strategies to ensure effective outcomes for the person receiving advocacy support.
  • Establish safe boundaries to maintain the advocacy relationship
  • Establish the advocacy relationship
  • Assist the individual receiving advocacy support to explore and make choices
  • Construct an action plan
  • Support the individual receiving advocacy support to self-advocate
  • Act on the instruction of the person receiving advocacy support
  • Review and end the advocacy relationship.
Unit 302
Providing Independent
Advocacy Support

Level 3

CV - 6
  • This unit focuses on the practicalities of offering Independent Advocacy support. It aims to develop the skills which will enable candidates to establish safe boundaries within the Independent Advocacy relationship. It also addresses practical strategies to ensure effective outcomes for the person receiving advocacy support.
  • Establish safe boundaries to maintain the advocacy relationship
  • Establish the advocacy relationship
  • Assist the individual receiving advocacy support to explore and make choices
  • Construct an action plan
  • Support the individual receiving advocacy support to self-advocate
  • Act on the instruction of the person receiving advocacy support
  • Review and end the advocacy relationship.
Unit 303
Maintaining the Independent
Advocacy Relationship

Level 3

CV - 6
  • The unit examines the relationship between an Independent Advocate and the individual receiving advocacy support. It aims to equip the learner with the skills to maintain an independent and client led relationship whilst developing an understanding of the limitations of the role.
  • Know what to do when faced with practice dilemmas
  • Deal positively with conflict
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Prioritise competing work commitments
  • Use personal value base and power appropriately
  • Use supervision as a tool to reflect and improve practice
  • Use local and national networks
  • Respond to concerns of abuse.
Unit 304
Responding to the advocacy
needs of different
groups of people

Level 3

CV - 6
  • The unit equips learners with an understanding of how to respond to the specific advocacy needs of different people such as
    • Black people and ethic minority groups
    • Older people
    • People who do not use English as their first language
    • People who are physically disabled
    • People with learning disabilities
    • People with mental health needs
    • Children and young people
    • Those who cannot instruct an advocate
    • People with sensory impairments
  • Make advocacy accessible to individuals and different groups
  • Define social exclusion
  • Explain the medical and social model of disability
  • Promote diversity
  • Use non-instructed Advocacy.
Unit 305
Providing Independent Mental
Capacity Advocacy

Level 3

CV - 12
  • The unit aims to support candidates to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to provide IMCA support within the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • There are nine learning outcomes to this unit. The learner will be able to:

  • Understand and use the Mental Capacity Act
  • Provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
  • Work with the decision maker
  • Challenge decisions made by the decision maker
  • Work with people who lack capacity
  • Work with accommodation and care review referrals
  • Work with serious medical treatment referrals
  • Work with adult protection referrals
  • Construct an IMCA written report that meets statutory requirements.
Unit 306
Independent Mental Health
Advocacy

Level 3

CV - 7
  • The unit will support learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide Independent Health Advocacy (IMHA) as detailed within the Mental Health Act.
  • Know how Mental Health legislation affects IMHA qualifying patients
  • Provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy
  • Respond to requests for IMHA support
  • Engage with professionals
  • Respond to individuals who have diverse needs
  • 1 Know how Mental Health legislation affects IMHA qualifying patients
  • Provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy
  • Respond to requests for IMHA support
  • Engage with professionals
  • Respond to individuals who have diverse needs
  • Work safely.
Unit 307
Providing Independent Advocacy
Management

Level 4
CV - 11

  • The unit develops practical skills in how to manage an Independent Advocacy service or scheme.
  • Manage advocacy services
  • Implement record keeping systems
  • Recruit and induct Independent Advocates
  • Facilitate service user involvement in the running of the Independent Advocacy Service
  • Construct a business plan
  • Measure advocacy outcomes
  • Negotiate a Service Level Agreement
  • Establish relationships with commissioners of advocacy services
  • Promote Independent Advocacy and the service.
Unit 308
Providing Independent Advocacy
to Adults

Level 4
CV - 5

  • The unit aims to provide learners with a detailed understanding and the practical skills needed to provide Independent Advocacy to adults in a range of settings including: care homes, hospital wards, community settings, secure settings, supported housing, prisons, day centres and police stations.
  • Provide Independent Advocacy support to adults in a range of settings
  • Treat the individual receiving advocacy support as an individual
  • Assist the individual receiving advocacy support to explore choices and potential consequences
  • Support adults through a range of meetings
  • Work safely.
Unit 309
Independent Advocacy with
Children and Young People

Level 4
CV - 7

  • The unit will support learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide Independent Advocacy to children and young people, particularly:

    • children in need
    • children who are looked after by the local authority
    • children who are involved in family group or child protection conferences
    • young people in the secure estate
    • disabled children and young people
    • children and young people in education
    • children and young people receiving mental health support.
  • Provide Independent Advocacy support to children and young people
  • Use UK, European and International legislation to promote children’s rights
  • Respond to requests for advocacy support
  • Assist the child or young person to explore choices and potential consequence
  • Support children and young people through a range of meetings and decision making processes
  • Engage with professionals
  • Use child protection systems to keep children and young people safe.
Unit 310
Providing Independent Mental
Capacity Advocacy -
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Level 4
CV - 5

  • The unit aims to provide candidates with the practical skills and knowledge required to provide IMCA DOLS
  • Understand legislation which affects people who may be subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Provide the statutory IMCA DOLS service
  • Construct an IMCA DOLS written report that meets statutory requirements
  • Challenge decisions.

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