This introduction to human rights has been developed to assist in promoting dignity in social care.
The Human Rights Act (HRA) came into force in October 2000. It enables individuals to enforce 16 of the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in British courts. This makes Parliament and public bodies more accountable to UK citizens through the courts. The fundamental rights include rights that impact directly on service provision in the health and social care sector.