European Convention on human rights and fundamental freedoms (1990) – This is a European document relating to human rights; it is signed by all government in the European Union, including the UK.
Sex discrimination act (1975) – This protects both men and women against discrimination or harassment on the grounds of gender in employment, education, and advertising or in the provision of housing, goods, services or facilities.
Mental health act (1983) – The main purpose of this Act is to allow action to be taken to make sure that people with mental health difficulties or learning difficulties get the care and treatment they need for their own health or safety, or for the protection of other people.
Mental health (Northern Ireland) order (1986) – This order provides the legal framework in Northern Ireland for compulsory admission and treatment of patients suffering from mental illness. GPs can be involved in Mental Health Order assessments in community or hospital settings.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) – This is issued by UNICEF for the framework for the rights of the child. It protects specific children’s rights in international law. These rights include principles and standards for the treatment of children worldwide.
The Children Act (1989) – This is a UK Act for the protection of the child from significant harm. It ensures that the child is supported, safe and cared for, by setting standards.
Disability Discrimination Act (1995) – The disability discrimination act ensures civil rights for people with disabilities and protects them from any form of discrimination. It encourages organisations and health authorities to overcome barriers and make reasonable adjustments to ensure full accessibility.
Human Rights Act (1998) – This covers all human rights and ensures that all individuals have rights on their side and can