What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is a means of empowering people by supporting them to assert their views and claim their entitlements and when necessary representing and negotiating on their behalf in order to create a fairer society.
Legal Parameters to Advocacy:
- Constitution & Bill of Rights
- Equality, Social Welfare & anti-discrimination legislation
- Disability Act 2005
- Mental Health Act
- Comhairle Act 200 and Citizens Information Act 2007
Barbara Lesniak, founder of Ctas has unique professional qualifications and an extensive advocacy experience on a broad range of public and social services both: in Ireland and Poland.
- LL.M (Masters of Law) in International Human Rights Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
- Certificate in Information, Advice and Advocacy Practice and Social and Civil Information, FETAC, Citizens Information Board
- Advocacy Practice Programme, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
- Employment Law Certificate, WMC, Galway
What can Ctas do for you?
- Legal research
- Active negotiation
- Litigation – formal appeals process
Employment Appeals Tribunal
Principles of Advocacy
- Act in the client’s best interest
- Act in accordance with the client’s wishes and instructions
- Carry out instructions with due diligence and competence
- Act impartially and offer independent advice
- Maintain rules of confidentiality
- Act within the law