News from BIHR


Deadline 6pm today!

The deadline for applications for our Human Rights Officer role is 6pm today, 21 January!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity and apply 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!

New Human Rights in Mental Health Settings Tools Published

Our tool for staff and service providers was developed alongside staff and leadership at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). 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 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.


News from Elsewhere...

  1. Mental health crisis patients 'waited eight hours' at emergency departments

"Mental health targets have been missed thousands of times at Northern Ireland's emergency departments (ED) - with some people in crisis waiting more than eight hours for an assessment."

BBC News (NI), 18 January 2021


  1. Mental Health Act overhaul will not tackle racial disparities without societal change, experts warn

"Proposals to reform the Mental Health Act to tackle racial disparity and lower rates of detention and community treatment orders among Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups will be futile without systemic, societal change, experts have warned."

Community Care, 20 January 2021


  1. Human rights watchdog raises Covid concerns over Scottish prisons

"The Scottish Human Rights Commission is seeking assurances that steps will be taken to address the rising prison population, which has been increasing in recent months."

The Scotsman, 18 January 2021


  1. UK government accused of discriminating against maternity leave-takers

"Charity brings judicial review and says payment calculations breach Human Rights Act"

The Guardian, 19 January 2021


  1. Frontline chief appointed to lead children’s social care review

"The government has today launched its long-anticipated independent review of the children’s social care system, with Frontline chief executive Josh MacAlister announced to lead it."

Community Care, 15 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.