We regret that we cannot currently send out hard copy resources by post but we aim to resume doing so as early in 2022 as possible. In the meantime, we have provided links where our resources are available to download.

Information on the Human Rights Act

Visit our Human Right Act Hub to find out more about our Human Rights Act, how it works and how it is can be used when we interact with public services.

The Human Rights Act contains 16 rights. The rights in the Human Rights Act come from the European Convention on Human Rights. The Human Rights Act integrated these "convention rights" into our law here in the UK.

You can find out more about each of these 16 rights here:

Know your Human Rights online tool

Our new online advocacy tool: Know Your Human Rights, supports people to know when their human rights may be at risk in mental health and mental capacity services, and how to use the law to resolve these issues in everyday discussions with staff. 

Easy Read Human Right Info Hub

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Our new easy read info hub has all our easy read human rights resources and research in one place. Click the button above to find the hub, or follow this link!

What Rights Do I Have? Hub

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On our What Rights Do I Have? hub, we're writing plaing language and easy read explainers one ach of our rights under the Human Rights Act. Follow this link to find the hub, or click the picture above.

My Human Rights in Mental Health Services

This booklet is about mental health recovery and human rights. 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.

We worked with people and their families/loved ones who access mental health services from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) to create this booklet. This booklet is written by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR). TEWV NHS Trust is working with BIHR on a project called, ‘A Human Rights Based Approach to Mental Health Recovery’. The project works with people using services, their families, carers and local communities to know and claim their rights. The project also works with staff and leadership to increase their ability to respect, protect and fulfil human rights in their daily practice.

Download the booklet here.

Hear our Policy & Programmes Manager, Carlyn, talk about the resources and the project:

    Your Human Rights - Poster

    This handy A2 sized poster contains information about your 16 rights protected by law in the UK through the Human Rights Act. You can order it here.

    The poster is also available in an accessible format.

    Pocket Cards

    Get your human rights in health & care info-card, a handy tool to pop in your pocket. Order them here.

    Our Pocket Cards are also available in an accessible version. 

    Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights 

    Booklet resource

    This accessible booklet is designed to support individuals with learning disability and/or autism to use human rights when accessing care and support. It has been produced with the support of a range of organisations, using the views and feedback of people with learning disability and/or autism.

    You can download the booklet or order hard copies from our shop


    Learning disability, autism and human rights project, November 2018

    We made these films together with Mencap Liverpool to show what human rights mean day to day for people with a learning disability and or autism.
    Watch all the videos here.

    Mental Health and Mental Capacity - your human rights

    These booklets are aimed at people with mental health or mental capacity issues and will help you to know more about your human rights in health and care services.

    We co-produced them with advocates and support workers on our project Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy. The booklets were road-tested, before being re-designed and re-drafted, so that they work better for their intended audiences. 

    You can order hard copies here.

    You can also download each guide, just click on the link below to download:

    1. Mental Health, Mental Capacity: My Human Rights - this explains what human rights are and which rights are most relevant in healthcare settings

    2. Accessible version - same as above, but accessible

    3. Mental Health, Mental Capacity: Raising a Human Rights Issue - this contains tips on how to use your human rights, with flowcharts and worked through examples


    Toolkit for reflection on human rights in the context of social care

    We are delighted to have been involved in the co-production of a new toolkit for reflection on human rights in the context of social care. This toolkit was created with Dr Caroline Green at the Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit and MyHomeLife Scotland.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of human rights for people needing care and support in care homes or at home, their carers, families and friends. Care home residents were one of the groups most severely affected by the virus, with thousands of deaths from a Covid-19 infection not only in England but many countries around the world. The need to protect people requiring care and support and to balance infection control with the right to a private and family life and to social participation was one of many examples of a human rights issue that we as a society faced during this pandemic. Conversations around these topics are often difficult.

    This interactive toolkit will support you to start these conversations by commencing your own reflective journey on human rights and it includes:

    1. The Personality Test – discover what kind of ‘human rights in care homes’ personality type you are
    2. The ‘Who am I’ creative page – an opportunity reflect and think about what human rights mean to you with writing, drawing and colouring in
    3. The Human Rights Story Dice Game – roll the dice to start of your human rights story telling. Using cards and dice with prompts, you can explore human rights in your work or private life together with colleagues, service users or even by yourself. You can print this tool and cut out the cards and dice. This game is also available as a physical pocket version.

    Find out more about the toolkit here.