Commission launches human rights resource for public sector

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new online resource about human rights to help public sector bodies in England and Wales and organisations carrying out public functions and advocacy.

The resource focuses on nine public sectors areas: adult social care; children's services; health; housing; education services; local government; criminal justice, courts and prisons; policing and immigration and asylum.

It draws together learning materials about the human rights obligations of the public sector and how to successfully implement these. These materials include tried and tested examples of how to consider human rights in public service delivery as well as case studies, informal guidance, inspection standards and impact assessments.

The resource also includes details about supporting the rights of particular groups such as elderly and disabled people. For example it points out with regard to adult social care that public authorities can infringe human rights when they are excessively risk averse as well as when they fail to avoid risk.

Visitors to the site are further invited to fill in a brief survey and make suggestions as to what other types of guidance they would find useful.

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For more press information contact the Commission’s media office on 020 3117 0255, out of hours 07767 272 818.

For general enquiries please contact the Commission’s national helpline: England 0845 604 6610, Scotland 0845 604 5510 or Wales 0845 604 8810.

Notes to editors

View our human rights: practical guidance.

The guidance summaries have been produced by the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute at London Metropolitan University on behalf of the Commission.

The Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.

Last Updated: 01 Aug 2011