Code of Ethics for Advocates


  1. Advocates encourage and support others to advocate for themselves as much as possible.
  2. Advocates make sure they are aware of advocacy resources, before they start to help others.
  3. Advocates obtain consent before they speak or act on someone’s behalf.
  4. Advocates make sure their own values and belief systems do not interfere with the right of individuals to make their own choices.
  5. Advocates place the interests, preferences, and decisions of the individual above their own when acting on someone’s behalf.
  6. Advocates avoid any false, misleading or unfair statements or claims about the advocacy process, their role, skills, or qualifications.
  7. Advocates advise individuals to be honest, informing them about the consequences and risks associated with any planned actions.
  8. Advocates inform others of their right to confidentiality, their right to give consent prior to release of information, and the legal limitations of confidentiality.
  9. Advocates declare any potential conflict of interest in their advocacy activities.
  10. Advocates do not behave in ways that could cause fear, discomfort or harm to others.
  11. Advocates respect and understand cultural, social and individual diversity.
  12. Advocates maintain their skills and knowledge about advocacy issues.
  13. Advocates withdraw, in a professional manner, when their involvement is no longer appropriate or useful.
Code of Ethics for Advocates
Source: The AdvoKit: A step-by-step guide to effective advocacy
Published by Penticton Advocacy Network, June 2000.
Contributed by Penticton & Area Women’s Centre (PAWC).