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Our human rights approach

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When we published our three-year strategy, we promised to develop an approach to human rights in our regulation of care services.

Why do we need a human rights approach?

We need a human rights approach because:

  • Respecting diversity, promoting equality and ensuring human rights will help to ensure that everyone using health and social care services receives safe and good quality care. This is our core purpose.
  • Our human rights approach will help us to apply our principle of promoting equality and human rights to our purpose, using our five key questions to consistently integrate human rights into the way we regulate.

When do we apply our human rights approach?

Our human rights approach will apply whether we are regulating adult social care services, hospitals, primary medical services or carrying out other regulatory functions – such as joint inspections of children's services, prison health services or themed work that crosses organisational boundaries. It applies whether we are registering services or inspecting services.

The document you can download here explains the human rights topics that we need to consider to ensure people receive good quality care, and how we propose to look at these topics. It complements the information on human rights that has been integrated into our provider handbooks.

Last updated:
10 August 2017


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