This seminar is run in partnership with
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
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
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