Event: Seminar: Safeguarding: a human rights approach to protecting adults

19 Apr 2018, 09:30–16:00
LGiU, 251/255 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NG (5 mins walk from King's Cross Station)

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Safeguarding and human rights go hand in hand. Councillors and local authority officers working on safeguarding engage with human rights every day and have a vital role in upholding human rights. This course will outline how human rights underpin safeguarding procedures and practices, giving you the knowledge and confidence to use human rights in your safeguarding practice.

This course will cover a broad range of adult safeguarding practice areas, including violence against women, mental health and mental capacity such as learning disability or dementia. New statutory requirements in the Care Act and other legal frameworks require a balancing of rights and duties. This course will equip you with the information and tools on how to do this in a way that meets the legal requirements in the Human Rights Act, enabling positive practice that puts people at the heart of good, defensible decision-making.

The course will help participants strengthen their understanding of what the Human Rights Act means for everyday safeguarding practice. It includes:

  • Plain language explanations of the law
  • The use of relevant real-life examples
  • Interactive exercises including group discussion and worked through case studies
  • Tips and tools for developing your safeguarding practice


9:30     Registration and refreshments

10:00   Introduction

Introductions, ice-breakers, overview of the session (aims and objectives) and what are our initial thoughts on the links and key issues you face?

10:30   Introducing human rights

Understanding the history, principles and values of human rights and exploring the links to safeguarding

11:15   Refreshment break

11:30   Introducing the Human Rights Act

Understanding how the Act works, particularly the legal duty on public authorities to comply with the Act, and what this means for safeguarding

11:50   Understanding how the laws fit together

Understanding the links between human rights and safeguarding, how the Human Rights Act underpins other laws on safeguarding and what this means for your work

12:15   Key rights for safeguarding

Understanding how rights work, when they can be balanced and how, and which rights are most relevant for safeguarding

13:15   Lunch

14:15   Applying the rights in practice

Using case studies to apply learning about human rights to practical examples and everyday issues arising in safeguarding

15:15  Your practice

Tips and tools for elected members and officers to put human rights at the heart of safeguarding, including lessons learnt from BIHR’s work with local government and public services

16:00   Finish

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of benefit to both members and officers involved in safeguarding adults working across a broad range of practice areas, including mental health, mental capacity and violence against women.

If you work on safeguarding children, please note that this course will focus on law and policy on safeguarding adults, but the Human Rights Act also underpins the statutory framework on safeguarding children. The course will still be relevant in explaining your duties under human rights laws and how you can use human rights as a lever for change.


This session will be delivered by the British Institute of Human Rights, a leading provider of practical human rights training for the public and voluntary sectors. In addition, since the Human Rights Act became law in 2000 BIHR has spearheaded innovative work with local and central government to develop human rights approaches to service delivery, policy development and strategy. BIHR has particular expertise in human rights and safeguarding, and have supported organisations across the sectors to embed human rights into their work on safeguarding including social care intervention teams at local authorities, learning disability teams within NHS Trusts, dementia services and advocacy/support groups working on violence against women. This course will share learning from our work on safeguarding, including examples of best practice, practical tips and tools on how to overcome barriers and challenges and using human rights to change cultures.