Reflections from our human rights in action event
Written by: Maisie Peebles
With Public Health Scotland (formerly NHS Health Scotland), the ALLIANCE co-convened the Health and Social Care Action Group established under Scotland’s first National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) (this link will take you away from our website).
SNAP is Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights. Its vision is a Scotland where all can live with human dignity. SNAP fulfils key recommendations from the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Nearly 40 countries have now developed and adopted their own national action plans. SNAP is the first and only such initiative in any part of the UK.
The SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group brought together a range of partners, including statutory sector, third sector organisations, and people with lived experience, to identify opportunities for using human rights as a driver for change in health and social care and challenge and lobby for greater change to achieve this. The SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group has now been transformed into an equalities and human rights action group, focused on health and social care.
Since 2017, the ALLIANCE has also been actively engaged in helping to develop Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP2) (this link will take you away from our website). This includes being a member of the SNAP2 Development Working Group, alongside partners like the Scottish Human Rights Commission, organisations in the public, third, and independent sectors, and rights holders.
The Health and Social Care Action Group created case studies which show how different organisations have put a human rights based approach into practice in their work. You can access the case studies on the Scottish Human Rights Commission website (this link will take you away from our website).
Peer research project – The Right to Health
Between 2015 – 2016, a peer research project, ‘The Right to Health’, was undertaken in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Health and Social Care Academy, Glasgow Homelessness Network, the Mental Health Foundation and NHS Heath Scotland. The project builds on the work of SNAP and informed the work of the Health and Social Care Action Group.
Written by: Cathy Asante
Organisation: Scottish Human Rights Commission
Written by: Dr Elaine Webster
Organisation: Strathclyde Law School