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Equality and Human Rights Commission resources

Find links to free online resources that offer practical guidance for health and social care staff.

Overview of content

The Commission is committed to the vision of a modern Britain where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and we all have an equal chance to succeed.

Reference Documents

Information, guides, frameworks and training materials.


Information and guidance documents in addition to a toolkit including case studies on human rights.

Audience Relevant service areas Coverage of human rights
Academics Healthcare Education through human rights
Commissioners NHS Protection of human rights through good practice
Directors Residential care Education about human rights
Service managers Social care
Service users

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  • Close to Home: What rights older people get when they get care at home (easy read)
  • Your home care and human rights
  • Human Rights Review 2012. How Fair is Britain? - An Assessment of How Well Public Authorities Protect Human Rights - Page 80 assesses whether people using health and social care services are at risk of inhuman or degrading treatment, and, the quality of protection offered by the Human Rights Act, local authorities’ interpretation of their human rights obligations, and the regulator's inspections.
  • Advocacy in Social Care for Groups Protected under Equality Legislation - this study is to assess the extent to which existing advocacy provision is available to people in the protected groups in Great Britain.

Guidance examples

  • Human Rights: Human Lives: A Guide to the Human Rights Act for Public Authorities - helps public authorities understand how the Human Rights Act relates to what they do and how they do it.
  • Guidance on human rights for commissioners of home care - helps those involved in the commissioning/procurement of home care understand their obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998. It is also relevant to others, such as care providers and regulators.