An important component of the building financial capability toolbox is the ability to advocate on a client’s behalf. Advocacy in this context might include:
- upholding the rights of the client
- supporting a client in being heard or to receive services/information. In particular, in dealings with government agencies such as IRD and WINZ or agencies such as debt collection, loan operators and creditors
- influencing change in political and bureaucratic processes on behalf of the people we may represent, at an organisational level.
At the completion of this module, you will be able to:
- identify the types of advocacy
- identify the role of an advocate
- understand the elements required to successfully advocate for a client
- advocate on behalf of a client in person
- advocate on behalf of a client via telephone.
About the Instructors
I enjoyed being reminded of how to advocate for clients and like Nicole, I found it frustrating to have to choose one out of two or three correct responses for some questions in the quizzes. It might be better to add an option, “All of the above.”
Overall, this course is well planned and I found it easy to do – but I had to go to a dictionary to find the meaning of “countervailing”. LOL.
At times the links to the next section didn’t work – an error message appeared to do with not being able to locate the address or a problem with the server. I had to go back and try again – sometimes more than once.