Which human rights apply? Ombudsman schemes quick reference tool

Advice and Guidance
Human Rights

Which countries is it relevant to?

    • Great Britain

Find the human rights that could be relevant to your case by searching our guide via sector or topic. Follow the links provided on the six sector pages to get detailed information, case law examples and a discussion of what you should consider when you handle your complaint.

You can also find case studies and downloads containing all the relevant human rights law for each sector.

Health services and social care

For health trusts and authorities, social and residential care services, hospitals, mental health services, nursing homes, medical treatment centres, and health or caring facilities in other institutional settings.

Police, prisons, data and the courts

For courts, tribunals and the justice system, immigration services, data protection, surveillance, and information collection and storage.

Welfare, work and pensions

Search here for issues relating to employment, unemployment and social security, including social housing allocation, welfare support and pensions.

Family and education

For family law, women’s rights, reproductive rights, maternity, children, and education.

Planning and the environment

Planning applications and decisions, industrial noise and pollution, and environmental issues.

Consumer, services and utilities

Including retail, legal and financial services, communications, energy and utilities, real estate, intellectual property and home improvement.

The table below shows which rights are most relevant to particular areas of public life.
The right to Health and social care Police, prisons, data and the courts Welfare, work and pensions Family and education Planning and the environment Consumer, services and utilities
Life x x
be free from inhuman or degrading treatment x x x x
liberty and security x x
a fair hearing x x x x x
respect for private and family life x x x x x
freedom of thought, conscience and religion x x x x
freedom of expression x x x x x x
health x x x x
an adequate standard of living x x x x
education x
social security x x x
protection from discrimination x x x x x x

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2019