A new online tool aims to give you information about how human rights can help you have more control over your own life and be treated with dignity and respect.
- This tool is particularly relevant for people with mental health or mental capacity issues, and those who advocate on their behalf, including formal advocates, families and carers.
- It gives you tips on how you can identify whether an issue you have with your care or treatment is a human rights issue. It gives suggestions about how you can use human rights to overcome these challenges using real life examples.
- The focus of this tool is on your human rights when you are receiving health and care services, e.g. at your GP, in hospital, community care, care homes etc.
- Most of the information will also apply to other situations like education, housing or involvement with the police, but please note that these areas are not specifically covered in this tool.
- Please note that The Know Your Human Rights tool is for information purposes on the law in England only. It is not intended, and should not be used, as legal advice or guidance.
The tool can be used through this link
Human rights are a set of minimum standards for all people.
This idea came out of the horrors of World War II when the world came together and set some rules for governments about how people should be treated.
Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that every person has simply because they are human.
Human rights make sure people are:
- Treated with dignity
- Treated with respect
- Treated fairly
- Listened to and have a say over their lives
Human rights make sure that you are involved in the decisions that are made about your care and treatment.
Human rights are not gifts from the government or rewards that you earn.
They are basic rights everyone can expect.