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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Independent Advocacy (C00/4016/5)

Independent Mental Capacity Advocates who hold the City and Guilds Level 4 Independent Advocacy qualification for another pathway i.e. adults, children and young people or mental health would be expected to complete the competency framework for their new role.

Registration is not required

Other requirements

Service regulations require that “the service provider must ensure that at all times a sufficient number of suitably qualified, trained, skilled, competent and experienced staff are deployed to work at the service”.

The suitable qualifications are included on this framework.

Other qualifications accepted

  1. Level 3 Certificate / Diploma in Independent Advocacy (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy)

NB. Independent Mental Capacity Advocates who hold the Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Independent Advocacy qualification for another pathway i.e. adults, children and young people or mental health would be expected to complete the competency framework for their new role.

Other UK qualifications accepted

England and Northern Ireland:

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Independent Advocacy Practice (603/6889/5)

This qualification is significantly smaller than the independent advocacy qualification developed for Wales. Therefore, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates who hold the City and Guilds Level 4 Independent Advocacy Practice qualification would be expected to complete the relevant pathway and legislation sections of the competency framework for their new role.

Scotland :

There are no identified qualifications for Scotland.

Induction requirements

All employers have a responsibility to make sure their new workers receive a suitable induction using this induction framework. Workers may be new to the role, organisation or sector.