Features of good practice in the provision of advocacy for African and Caribbean men include:
● Advocacy that addresses the double discrimination of racism and mental illness.
● The provision of a safe and secure relationship within which the feelings of isolation and consequences of stigma associated with mental illness and racism can be addressed.
● The ability to respond to the linguistic and cultural needs of African and Caribbean men, underpinned by an approach that emphasises promotion of health, reintegration of the self, spirituality, self-knowledge and connection to the community.
● Choice, especially in terms of gender, and demonstrable ethnic sensitivity.
● A proactive approach to personal advocacy through community-based action and engagement.
● Balancing accessibility and informality with professionalism to ensure that advocacy services are delivered to high standards.
● A well-trained, well-equipped and wellsupported workforce.
● Partnership working and facilitated networking across organisations to encourage cross-referrals, exchange of information, best practice and mutual understanding.
● Adequate long-term core funding.