The Human Rights Act 1998
The Human Rights Act in the United Kingdom came into force on the 2nd October 2000 and underpins many of the core values which we in the care industry must adopt. It ensures the rights of individuals and means that they are entitled to seek help from the courts if they believe that their human rights have been infringed.
The Human Rights Act “guarantees” basic human rights: the right to life; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; the right to marry and found a family etc.
The care sector has the responsibility to promote and respect human rights as a core part of their day-to-day work, from drafting policies regulations and rules, through internal staff and policy issues, administration, decision making, to implementing policy and working with members of the public. The basic human rights which the care sector has the responsibility to promote are:
•The right to life (relevant to protection of clients’ physical and mental wellbeing) •The right to freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment •The right of respect for private and family life, home and correspondence (relevant to confidentiality) •The right to freedom of thought, conscience or religion (relevant to respecting equality and diversity) •The right of protection from discrimination
•The right to marry and found a family
•The right to education
•Free elections by secret ballot
The Equality Act 2010
Brought in to replace the previous anti-discriminatory laws. It identifies nine protected characteristics; age, disability,...