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Vacancy at DENW -

Posted by Mark Buckley on Tue 19/04/16. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Disability Equality (nw) Ltd. is looking to appoint to the following post for our exciting Big Lottery Funded project, addressing the issue of Disability Hate Crime and anti-social behaviour.

Download the advert from link below for more details and how to apply.

DENW DfN Vacancy April 2016

Human Rights Workbook

Posted by Mark Buckley on Mon 23/03/15. Listed in Disability Equality NW news


EHRC develops human rights resources for health and social care providers

Posted by Mark Buckley on Mon 01/12/14. Listed in UK disability equality news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is working with health and social care providers and commissioners across England, to develop and test education and training resources on human rights.

DENW is one of the national partners in this work.

The aim is to support better understanding of human rights law for health and social care professionals and explain how it can be used to ensure that patients and care recipients receive a service based on fairness, dignity and respect.

Although guidance on human rights for health and care professionals exists, it can be difficult for staff to find, and there is a need for more practical detail on the requirements of particular groups of people and certain health and care settings.

To help fill these gaps, the Commission is developing a range of online educational and training resources targeted at particular health and social care settings. These include: nursing, midwifery, end of life care, health practitioners, older people’s care homes, mental health, learning disability, clinical psychology training and performance review and recruitment.

The work is being delivered for the Commission by suppliers who will work closely with professionals and service users as they develop and test various approaches. the final products will be made freely  available on the Commission’s website in spring 2015.

Human rights provide essential protections for all of us, and bodies commissioning and providing publicly funded health and social care services are legally bound to comply with the Human Rights Act.

A lot of care is excellent, but in a high-pressure working environment, a lack of regard for the human rights of patients and care recipients can sometimes result in serious and well-publicised problems. For example, the Commission’s Home Care Inquiry revealed that, although many home care users were satisfied with their care, some were subjected to physical and financial abuse, a disregarding of privacy and dignity, lack of support with eating and being treated as if they were invisible.

 Mark Hammond, CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

 “Human rights are for everyone, and provide an important safety net for people in the most vulnerable situations.

 “By providing clear and practical resources to help health and care professionals fulfil their human rights responsibilities with confidence, this project will help them deliver the high quality care we all want to see and ensure patients and service users are treated safely and with dignity and respect.”


Further Information


  • The four suppliers the Commission is working with are: The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), BRAP, Disability Equality North West (DENW) and Mersey Care.



  • In a health or social care context, some of the key human rights which might be at stake include Article 2 of the ECHR (right to life), Article 3 (freedom from torture and inhuman and degrading treatment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), and Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life).

DENW Handbook March 2016

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