Care About Rights

In 2010 in partnership with Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and Age Scotland, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has developed training and awareness raising resources relating to the care and support of older people.

The project aims to empower people to understand their human rights, and increase the ability and accountability of those who have the duties to respect, protect and fulfil rights.

Kavita Chetty of the Scottish Human Rights Commission said: “Human rights belong to everyone. However certain groups, including older people, can sometimes be more vulnerable to abuse or to not having their rights fully respected, protected or fulfilled.

“It is so important that human rights are understood by everyone who comes into contact with, and has responsibility for, care services for older people. This includes people who are using services, their families and carers, care service providers and the commissioners and regulators of care services.”

Care about Rights uses film scenarios and case studies to increase awareness and gives practical advice about how to apply human rights principles. Copies of Care about Rights on CD ROM and DVD will be sent to every registered care and housing support service for older people in Scotland.

Who is Care about Rights for?

The training materials are a useful resource for older people, carers, care workers, managers, Care Inspectorate Officers, policy makers and commissioners of care.

Care about Rights explains the benefits of applying human rights principles to everyday situations. The training is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of human rights issues, and give practical advice about how to apply human rights principles in the delivery of care.

The interactive resources help to increase understanding and awareness about:

  • What human rights are and how they are applicable in care settings
  • The relationship between human rights and other legislation and standards
  • How human rights can help to balance risks and rights in decision making
  • How human rights can support the delivery of person centred care
  • How human rights can help resolve conflict and improve communication with people using services, their families and others.

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