The ALLIANCE, Scottish Care and VOX are supporting five principles for a human rights based approach to digital health and social care.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), Scottish Care and VOX (Voices Of eXperience) are working together to support the development of rights based digital health and social care policy and practice across Scotland. We are exploring a set of principles for a human rights based approach to digital health and social care.


Between June-August 2021, we ran three online workshops to seek a wide variety of views on our draft Principles and how useful they might be. We talked to people who used digital services, those who provided services and support workers who engaged with digitally excluded groups. We also ran an online survey and produced an information pack to support organisations host separate conversations on this topic and submit their views.

Next steps

We have worked to refine the Principles based on what people told us. These ‘new’ Principles still follow the same themes, but are more concise and practical in nature. We will use these Principles to campaign for the better implementation of human rights principles in digital health and social care. We have also worked to identify practice-based examples of how they can be applied in real life scenarios.

Would you like to learn more?

If you work in social care, you can be rewarded for learning more about the Principles in the form of an SSSC Open Badge.

You can also check out an e-learning stack on the Principles here (this link will take you away from our website) and our educational poster here.

About the partners

Use the following links to find out more about the organisations involved in this work:

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