The authors have the rare ability of striking just the right balance between keeping things simple while covering all of the key topics without being patronising. The format is very easy to follow, well spaced out and principles are illustrated with basic pictures. Chapters can be read individually and include real life examples with suggested questions for discussion. The series would make an excellent supplement to volunteer training sessions or be useful pre-reading for those new to advocacy before attending training. More experienced practitioners will also benefit from reviewing an individual chapter before working with service users to obtain a quick refresher of the key principles.
Practice Links in Social Work
The Four Books in this series; 'Introducing Advocacy', 'Rules and Standards', 'Listen Up!' and 'Advocacy in Action' are comprehensive, informative and quite simply a very good introduction for someone new to the world of advocacy.
This fourth volume in a four-volume training set builds on the skills of the first three, giving people with disabilities and their advocacy partners basic information on situations that can arise in or in spite of advocacy. This starts with a narrative/case study of a person with a disabilty who was incorrectly treated but, through the advocacy of her family, eventially received more appropriate care. It describes how to make an effective advocacy plan, how to detect and correct problems in the relationship or actions of people with disabilities, how to get caregivers and others to let people with disabilities speak for themselves, and how to handle conflict and communication issues.