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Weekly Human Rights News: 25-08-23

This week’s human rights news includes the deadline for two opportunities with BIHR and a letter from Learning Disability England to the Department for Health and Social Care.

Last chance to sign up for our Communities Programme and SENDIASS workshop!

We currently have two free opportunities to work with BIHR with the deadlines to apply coming up next week. 

Human Rights Officer Phoebe has three years of experience working at several SENDIASS services and will be leading a two-hour taster workshop for SENDIASS managers on Thursday 31st August. The session will be held online and is free to attend but spaces are limited. Register your interest on our website and we’ll be in touch to confirm if we can offer you a spot. 

We’re also offering up to five community groups the chance to work with BIHR on human rights solutions to issues they face. The fully-funded programme will run until December 2023 and selected groups can choose what kind of resources they want to create with BIHR’s help. Previous participants have made template letters; videos; postcards; and more. The deadline to apply to be involved is Tuesday 29th August. Simply fill out our short application form and we’ll be in touch soon to confirm whether you’ve been chosen. 

News from Elsewhere

Learning Disability England wrote to the Department for Health & Social Care about an inaccessible consultation 

The Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) is currently running a consultation on the draft code of practice for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. This training is mandatory for staff in health and social care and the draft code of practice sets out the ways it should be carried out. The consultation asks if the draft code of practice is clear and helpful. 

The consultation opened on Tuesday 27th June and closes on Tuesday 19th September. However, Learning Disability England have written to DHSC along with 42 other organisations raising concerns that there are still no accessible versions of the consultation. Their letter includes a link to our Easy Read guide on the right to accessible information. They have asked the DHSC to confirm when an Easy Read version will be available and to extend the deadline to respond. 

Read Learning Disability England’s letter 

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