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1 Getting involved in shaping Scotlands human rights future

2 What I am going to talk about What are human rights? What is the Scottish Human Rights Commission? What we have found are some gaps and good practice in human rights in Scotland How we propose to address gaps: developing Scotlands National Action Plan for Human Rights

3 What we all need to live with dignity Things that must be done and things that must not be done Cover all areas of our life: Justiceeducation taking part where we live What are human rights?

4 Based in our laws and in laws at the United Nations and Europe What are human rights?

5 What is the Scottish Human Rights Commission Established by Scottish Parliament and Independent of Government and Parliament Recognised by the United Nations

6 What we do…. A Human Rights Based Approach Empowerment: people know their rights and how to claim them Ability: s services can be delivered in a way that best reflects peoples rights Accountability: there is good monitoring and remedies when things go wrong

7 What we have found: good laws, mixed practice

8 What we have found: some good practice, some gaps Health and social care The good: opportunities to take a human rights approach in self directed support, integrating health and care, care standards; co-production on independent living, some rights based care services, Carers Charter, Mental Health Act The gaps: portability of care, inconsistent quality of care, guardianships, medication, autonomy

9 What we have found: some good practice, some gaps Social lives The good: living wage, domestic abuse legislation, Homelessness Act The gaps: access to services in rural areas; where Gypsy/Traveller live; family life of people with learning disabilities; different views on inclusive education

10 What we have found: some good practice, some gaps Justice and security The good: opportunities in police reform, Childrens Hearing system, Victims and Witnesses Bill The gaps: increasing hate crimes; low prosecution in trafficking, police use of TASER weapons, conditions in detention, legal aid

11 What should be done? Scotlands National Action Plan for Human Rights UN recommends a National Action Plan A road-map to make all human rights real. Based on evidence and participation Monitored Worked well in Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand

12 Next steps

13 Get involved! 1.What do you think are the real gaps in human rights in Scotland? 2.What should be done to address those gaps?

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