BIHR Reports on COVID-19 and Human Rights of people needing social care support

BIHR Reports on the Impact of of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 for the human rights of people with care and support needs.

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has released research findings on the impact of the Government’s response to Covid-19 for people with care and support needs. This research, conducted with 230 people across England, Scotland and Wales, draws on the experiences of people accessing (or trying to access) services, their families and those that care about them, advocates, campaigners and community groups, as well as staff from health, care, social work, education and housing.

The findings make for worrying reading, shining a spotlight on the realities of changes to law, policy and access to care and treatment for people with support needs. Almost 70% said their care and support had got worse during Covid-19. This was echoed by staff, with 82% sharing that it has been harder to uphold people’s human rights; over three quarters were not provided with clear training or information to uphold human rights during Covid-19, and almost 80% had no training or clear information about the legal changes under the Coronavirus Act.

Find all the details of the reports published by BIHR here.

Find the report on Evidence from people with care and support needs, families, friends and carers here.

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