Essay on Advocacy in health and social care
At some point in people’s lives, they will find themselves in a situation where they may need to participate in decision-making about their care and this essay looks at how advocacy can increase the power of service users when engaging in health and social care services. It will look at Arnstein’s ladder of participation, outline the process and aim of advocacy and its different forms, and have a brief look at power. It will consider Henderson and Pochin’s idea of …show more content…
Power plays a part in relationships between social groups, individuals and practices of organisations and institutions, furthermore, having power allows people to influence people, events and it helps to get things done, (MacKian, 2010, p.6).
Since the closing decades of the twentieth century, there has been a growing importance on enhancing power for service users, and there are three core concepts namely choice, knowledge and participation. In relation to health and social care, individuals have a range of choices, they can choose whether to drink or smoke and by allowing service users to have choices, this gives them greater power. As well as choices, service users also need information, the knowledge to make these choices, however,