Professionalism and user self-advocacy
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Introduction This chapter considers the nature and impact o f self-advocacy by service users. Initially some key literature in this subject area will be reviewed; subsequently the chapter describes original research in the area o f self-advocacy for people with a learning disability. The ways in which self-advocacy relates to profes sional boundaries will be explored, along with clients’ views of service workers and the influence of these perceptions on professional roles. Implications for training, development and supervision o f service professionals will be analysed in the light o f research findings. While the chapter is relevant to a range of disciplines, the professional group referred to most often is nursing. Although the focus o f the research is on people with a learning disability, implications for other groups o f service users are also explored.