Top tip 6: Get the right invitations

Be in the right places to support the person you advocate for, if he or she wants you to.

Think about how you can work best with the person and with their family and professional networks. For example, make sure that you are invited to attend Care and Treatment Reviews and other meetings that focus on the health and wellbeing of the person. Raise medication issues when relevant.

Although it is part of your role to challenge professionals, you want them to see you as someone who makes a constructive and useful contribution and therefore someone they need to invite to meetings about the person.

A key part of your role at meetings is making sure that the person understands decisions taken at these meetings, and are as fully involved in the decisions as they are able to be. The Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s Pathway Resource will help you with this.