The new Coronavirus Act makes sweeping changes to legislation used daily in public services across the UK. Specifically for Scotland, we’ve seen the passing of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act on 6th April as well as emergency powers granted to the Scottish government under the Coronavirus Act.

The provisions within the Coronavirus Act for Scotland include the power to suspend many social care duties as well modifications to mental health legislation. These powers are not yet enacted, the Scottish government have said that they will only be switched on when they are absolutely necessary. The recent Scot Gov guidance on changes to social care assessments states that all decisions made during Covid 19 should be considered alongside an individual’s fundamental human rights. 

The UK Human Rights Act (which brings the European Convention into domestic law) and further provisions in the Scotland Act mean that public officials in Scotland must uphold human rights in everything they do, every day, all the time, even during Co-Vid19. This means that any changes to practice have to ensure that they do not breach an individual’s human rights. 

We know that this is an incredibly difficult time for people accessing or trying to access health and care services in Scotland. It’s also a horrendously stressful time for staff delivering those services forced to make decisions which impact on people’s human rights without the necessary human rights training to do this. 

What we’re offering

We’re offering a 2 hour webinar on May 6th to anyone working in a health or care setting in Scotland. If you're a public official struggling with difficult care prioritisation decisions, an advocate who wishes to update your legal knowledge or someone working within a community or third sector organisation this session is for you. 

What will be included?

  • A short introduction to human rights law in Scotland

  • Changes (enforced or which may be enforced soon) to existing health and care legislation and practice as a result of the Coronavirus Act (The Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, The Children (Scotland Act) 1995, The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act 2013, The Carers Scotland Act 2016, Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. 

  • The practical framework you can use to make rights respecting decisions at this time or to challenge decisions you believe are not rights respecting.

  • Relevant and practice based examples – for discussion

How does it work 

The online training will take place via Zoom. Purchase a ticket below and we will send a Zoom invite in advance of the session. The session will be capped at 50 places, in order to facilitate the interactive aspects. However, if demand is there we will run this more than once to ensure everyone can benefit. 


This training course costs £15 per person. We wish we could offer these courses for free but as a small charity, also operating in challenging times we do not have this option. We have kept the cost low so as to cover only our development and delivery time. As a charity, we do not make a profit on any of our work, ever. We are seeking funding to deliver free sessions to staff. 

Bespoke Courses

We have also had various requests for bespoke courses, where organisations can send us through the challenges they face and we will create the requested content to be delivered as a 2 hour session directly to a team of staff. This means that we can support staff to work through the direct challenges they’re facing at this time using the human rights practical framework. 

If you’re interested in discussing a session of the kind, contact our Policy and Programmes manager, Carlyn on [email protected]. Group bookings are charged at a standard day rate and almost always work out cheaper per person than open sessions.

Feedback from our previous online courses:

- Clear, principled training which reminds us why we do the job we do

- This training provided really helpful tools that I will use in my everyday practice, great training.

Booking for this event has now closed.