Prioritising rights in the delivery of sexual health services

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 15th July 2021

The ALLIANCE has responded to Healthcare Improvement Scotland's Draft Sexual Health Standards.

The ALLIANCE has submitted our response to the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) Draft Sexual Health Standards Consultation (this link will take you away from our website).

We know from our members that there is work to be done to improve health inequalities, including access to sexual health services. Last year, the ALLIANCE carried out engagement work to contribute to the development of Scotland’s first Women’s Health Plan. The findings highlighted some key themes around sexual health services, including the importance of accessible information, communication and messaging, and how to tackle stigma and discrimination.

This consultation response aims to outline ways in which the rights and needs of people accessing sexual health services can be considered and prioritised in the Sexual Health Standards, including for disabled people, people with long term conditions, and unpaid carers.

Our recommendations include:

  • Taking practical steps to empower rights holders to know, understand and claim their rights, and support duty bearers to know, understand and fulfil their human rights obligations
  • Involving people meaningfully in the design, delivery and evaluation of sexual health services to ensure human rights are fully embedded in sexual health services
  • Ensuring information and resources are publicly available and follow the Six Principles of Inclusive Communication (this link will take you away from our website).
  • Acknowledging the vital role of the third sector as equal and valued partners in the design, delivery and evaluation of sexual health services.

You can read our full response via the link below.

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