This introductory chapter first sets out the focus of the book, namely advocacy, particularly, but not only, for people who have learning disabilities or mental-health difficulties. It draws on practical experience coming mainly from Scotland, where new and important things have been happening in this field. The chapter presents two stories that illustrate the important changes now at work in our society – changes in which advocacy plays a part. These stories also pose some of the dilemmas of advocacy. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
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