10 June 2021

News from BIHR

This week, team BIHR have worked with dedication delivering a range of important human rights workshops to public bodies, including:

  • Supporting GPs and those supporting people with learning disabilities in the North West to take a human rights approach to vaccine delivery.
  • Supporting healthcare support workers in an NHS mental health trust to see their work as human rights work and know their human rights duties.
  • Supporting an Adult Social Work team, including social workers and best interests assessors, to take a human rights approach to their practice.

We've also just published a new Explainer on mental capacity and sexual relations. Click here to read it!

News from Elsewhere...

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  1. Children commissioner: vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully

    “Vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation, an investigation by the Scottish Children and Young People’s Commissioner has found.”

    The Herald, 6 June 2021

  2. Westminster Hall to hold a general debate onthe 10th anniversary of the investigation into the Winterbourne View Hospital and the Transforming Care programme

    “On Thursday 10th June, MPs will hold a general debate on the 10th anniversary of the investigation into the Winterbourne View Hospital and the Transforming Care programme in Westminster Hall.”

    UK Parliament press release, 1 June 2021

  3. Napier Barracks: Housing migrants at barracks unlawful, court rules

    “The Home Office's decision to house cross-channel migrants in a "squalid" barracks in Folkestone was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.”

    BBC News, 4 June 2021

  4. ‘Overwhelming and emotionally traumatic’: 1 in 6 new mothers only given a day’s notice of care proceedings, research says

    “One in six mothers involved in care proceedings over the last year were given just a day’s notice of a court hearing to decide whether their newborn child would be taken into care, according to research.”

    The Independent, 5 June 2021

  5. Kent council in child migrant legal threat to Home Secretary

    “Child migrants arriving at Dover may be turned away by Kent County Council (KCC) within days as its services are overwhelmed, the authority has said.”

    BBC News (England), 6 June 2021

  6. NHS and social care staff burn-out at an emergency level – report

    “NHS and care staff in England are so burnt out that it has become an "emergency" and risks the future of the health service, MPs have warned.”

    BBC News, 8 June 2021

  7. ‘I’ve run out of baby formula’: Mothers with babies left without financial support for 17 days and counting

    “Mothers with babies and young children have been left unable to afford food and basic essentials for more than two weeks after their financial support was cut off due to a botched contract transfer.”

    The Independent, 8 June 2021

  8. Windrush victim wrongly threatened with forced return to Jamaica in final years, report finds

    “The Home Office made repeated errors that caused a man who had lived in the UK for more than 50 years to be classified as an illegal immigrant and threatened with arrest, prison and forcible removal, the parliamentary ombudsman has found.”

    The Guardian, 8 June 2021

Thanks for reading!

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.