14 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!


New Human Rights in Mental Health Settings Tools Published

Our tool for staff and service providers was developed alongside staff and leadership at TEWV NHS Foundation Trust. This was part of a 15-month, Health Foundation funded project called; “A Human Rights Based Approach to Mental Health Recovery”. This resource will also be helpful for leadership in supporting staff to operationalise a human rights-based approach. Lots of information here may also be useful for people using services, their families, carers, or advocates. Find it here.

Our tool for people accessing mental health services was created with people and their families/loved ones who access mental health services from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). It gives you information about how human rights can help you to have more control over your own life and be treated with dignity and respect when you are receiving health and care services. Find it here.


Launch: Know You Human Rights for Women Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Over the past year we have been working with women survivors of domestic abuse, and the staff that support them, to create an online tool which will support women to know their human rights and the duties of public services to respect and protect these, not only to keep them safe (which is vital) but to also help rebuild their lives.

  • Do you want to learn more about how human rights are important for women rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse?
  • Do you want to know about how human rights can improve interactions, meetings and discussions with public services?
  • Do you want to share your views (anonymously) on our new tool?

Register here to be among the first to see our new tool!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Mental Health Act reforms aim to tackle high rate of black people sectioned

"Reforms to the Mental Health Act will help tackle the disproportionate number of black people sectioned, the government has announced."

The Guardian, 13 January 2021


  1. Care services for people with learning disabilities drastically decline during the coronavirus pandemic

"Around 70% of people in the North West with learning disabilities have had care services reduced during the pandemic."

ITV News, 13 January 2021


  1. Rights groups warn “disabled people will bear the brunt” of police crackdown on mask rules

"Rights groups have urged police chiefs to clarify the legal exemptions on face covering requirements to officers, amid fears that disabled people “will be disproportionately impacted” by the latest crackdown on coronavirus laws."

Big Brother Watch, 13 January 2021


  1. UK ministers face legal action over lack of abortion services in Northern Ireland

"Northern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe and accessible abortion services more than a year after abortion was made legal in the country, the Guardian can reveal."

The Guardian, 11 January 2021


  1. Errol Graham: Starved man's family take benefits case to court

"The family of a mentally ill man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped will take on the government at the High Court later."

BBC News, 12 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.

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