Monthly Archives: October 2015

Human Rights Films Screened at The Scottish Parliament

We were at the Scottish Parliament on 8th October with other organisations highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access. The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland joined forces to produce the films, which were made as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP). The five short films share people’s experiences of using human rights to challenge and improve the quality of the health and care services they use. The films highlight how human rights have been used in dementia care, mental health detention, advocacy, youth work and services for disabled people. Featuring interviews with people whose rights have been affected, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that work with them, the films are a practical resource to help organisations providing services to embed human rights in their work. Duncan McNeil MSP, Convenor of the Health and Sport Committee, supported the special screening at the Scottish Parliament today. He said: “The Committee is very interested in the many ways human rights can improve services in Scotland. The event today will bring to life the experiences people have had as they Continue Reading >

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Did you know it’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week? Across the country events will be happening to spread the word that abuse targeted at someone because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or because they have a disability or are transgender is a crime and will not be tolerated in Scotland. As a third party reporting centre, we want to do what we can to support this message. So we headed along to Central Station in Glasgow this morning for the launch of the week’s activities in Glasgow and the announcement that Glasgow Central Station is the first transport hub in Glasgow to become a third party reporting centre. This means that travellers coming through the station no longer have to find a police officer if they have been subjected to or have witnessed a hate crime. Now they can approach any staff member who will be able to support them to report it. Keep an eye out for the campaign over the next week and you can find out more about third party reporting on the Police Scotland website.  

New Guidance on Advocacy for Professionals

The Mental Welfare Commission has published a new Guide to Working with Advocates. This useful guide clarifies the right to advocacy and highlights good practice in regard to ensuring someone has the support they need.