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Introduction to Advocacy course

BASW members can receive a 10% discount on an Introduction to Advocacy training day being hosted by Voice, the latest organisation to sign up to the Association’s 5 Star social work employer scheme.

The event is particularly targeted at social workers who work with childrena dn young people but have never received advocacy training, or those considering a change of direction in their social work careers and feel advocacy training would support their plans. Sign up before the end of August to secure the discount for the event which takes place in London on 10 September.

To work out if you might be able to benefit, do any of the following apply to you?

o I am a practitioner working with children and young people and frequently advocate for my young people but have never been formally trained in advocacy

o I currently work with young people and struggle to find the information I need about their rights under The Children Act – it’s a minefield

o I am interested in becoming an advocate or children’s rights professional, maybe even a career change

o I am new to the children’s workforce and want to gain confidence in my knowledge of children’s rights

If the answer is yes, then an Introduction to Advocacy on Friday 10 September could help. By the end of the course Voice hopes you will be able to describe the role of an advocate and the boundaries within this role, as well as be able to explain the definition of advocacy and gain an overview of models of advocacy.

The training initiative should also Demonstrate the values of underpinning the way advocates work. Describe the key rights young people have under The Children’s Act. Demonstrate and ability to assess young people’s rights and evaluate learning and reflect on your practice.

Special discount rate extended until the end of August for BASW members – simply quote ‘BASW member’ when booking. The discount applies to standard charges of £150 for public (local authority) employees or private sector workers, and a £125 rate for those employed by voluntary organisations.

The one day training event takes place between 09.30 and 16.30 at 320 City Road (nr Angel tube station), London, EC1V 2NZ

To sign up, complete the booking form [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3522570/events/bookingform.doc] and email it to learning@voiceyp.org