6 May 2021

News from BIHR

10 Free Human Rights Sessions – apply now!

Does your organisation support people accessing/trying to access public services, their loved ones or carers? Want to know more about human rights, what they mean for the people you support and how you can use them to challenge policy and practice?

We are offering 10 more free human rights sessions to partner organisations to support you with this! Apply to request a session by 21 May. If more than 10 organisations get in touch, we will decide which organisations to work with based on our external criteria. Find out more here.

Our May Lunch & Learns

In May, we’re holding a special Lunch and Learn series to mark the anniversary of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal.

We’ll be looking at key rights for people in health and care settings, particularly inpatients at ATUs like Winterbourne View, how advocates can support people to challenge practices and the duty on staff to protect and respect the rights of people accessing their services.

Want to join us next month? Sign up to our Communities of Practice (for free!) to have access.

Reforming the Mental Health Act: our response

We recently responded to the Reforming the Mental Health Act consultation, which was opened by the government in January 2021 to ask people about their views on the government’s proposals for changing the Mental Health Act.

Our submission amplifies the voices of people accessing, or trying to access, mental health services and their loved ones, and staff working in those services. We called for an approach to reforming the Mental Health Act which recentres human rights, both in policy and practice. Find out more and ead our response here.

New easy read guide to the right to accessible information

We recently launched a brand new easy read resource on the right to accessible information! Your right to accessible information means that you should be able to get information in a way that is best for you and you can easily understand. Find out more and read the guide here.

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Covid: MPs want law to protect care home visiting rights

    “The rights of care home residents to have visits from loved ones must be "underpinned" by law, according to a new report by cross-party MPs.”

    BBC News, 5 May 2021

    See more: Change the law now to ensure end to blanket bans on care home visits, urges Joint Committee

    Joint Committee on Human Rights press release, 5 May 2021

  2. Covid-19: Rules on care home and hospital visits eased

    “Changes to hospital and care home visiting in Northern Ireland will take effect from this Friday, the Department of Health has announced.”

    BBC News (NI), 5 May 2021

  3. Parents of disabled child win fight against UK hotel quarantine

    “A severely disabled child who was forced to go into hotel quarantine after returning from a “red list” country has been allowed to return home to complete their period of self-isolation after a legal challenge.”

    The Guardian, 5 May 2021

  4. Care staff helping disabled people access sex work services not breaking law, rules court

    “Ruling finds care plan facilitating man's access to sex worker would not breach law criminalising staff who incite people they support to engage in sex, but government appeals.”

    Community Care, 5 May 2021

  5. UK students sue government over human rights impact of climate crisis

    “The UK is being taken to court by three young people who claim their human rights are being breached by the government’s failure to act decisively on the climate crisis.”

    The Guardian, 30 April 2021

  6. Woman ’caused significant stress’ by ‘unreasonable and avoidable delay’ in son’s return home

    “Ombudsman finds council failings led to six-month delay in assessment and 25-month wait for support plan following best interests meeting that determined man should return home from college.”

    Community Care, 30 April 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.