7 January 2021

News from BIHR

We’re still hiring

We’ve extended the deadline for applications for our Human Rights Officer role! You now have until 6pm on 21 January 2021 to get your applications in.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here!


Report on Do Not Attempt Resuscitation and Human Rights published

Just before the festive break, we published our new report, ‘'Scared, Angry, Discriminatory, Out of my Control: DNAR Decision-Making in 2020'.

The report shows a worrying picture around the rights of involvement in care and treatment decisions, including DNARs. Our evidence gathered with people and their families who have experienced DNAR decisions depicts serious issues of discrimination related to disability and age, and the intersection between the two, as well as other factors.

Coronavirus has shone a spotlight on this, and some reported an increase in worrying DNAR decisions; but none of this is new, these problems are ongoing.

Read both the long and easy read reports here.

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Thousands of children sent to unregulated care homes amid Covid

"Thousands of the most vulnerable children have been sent to unregulated care homes during the pandemic at a cost of millions to the taxpayer, a Guardian investigation has found."

The Guardian, 6 January 2021


  1. Shukri Abdi: family of refugee schoolgirl who drowned sues police

"Solicitors lodge civil action against Greater Manchester police for breach of Human Rights Act."

The Guardian, 5 January 2021


  1. Study finds Care Act knowledge gaps among social workers and lack of impact of supervision

"Social workers have gaps in their knowledge of the Care Act relating to safeguarding and the nature of their role that supervision may not be able to fill, a study has found."

Community Care, 6 January 2021


  1. Pandemic has exposed pervasive inequalities in UK, says Nobel prize-winning economist

"The coronavirus pandemic has revealed and exacerbated, pervasive inequalities health, ethnicity, education and occupation that may threaten the fabric of society, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)."

The Independent, 5 January 2021


  1. Deep crisis' in British prisons as use of force against inmates doubles

"The use of force against inmates has doubled over the past decade, amid continuing concern over high levels of violence and disorder in prisons. A loss of experienced prison staff, overcrowding and a subsequent growth in violence against both prisoners and staff has been blamed for force being used 49,111 times in England and Wales in the 12 months before the Covid pandemic began."

The Guardian, 3 January 2021



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There has been a lot of sad human rights news this week, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.