Guidance on human rights for home care commssioners

This guide aims to help local authority elected members and staff who are involved in the commissioning and procurement of home care better understand their obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998 (the HRA). It is also relevant to others who have an interest in home care, including care providers, regulators, service users, their friends and families.


Equally Ours launched today

27/11/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This morning saw the launch of Equally Ours, a major new initiative aimed at promoting awareness of human rights.

Equally Ours aims to help everyone understand how human rights benefit all of us in the UK, every day, in very practical ways; that they are an important part of our shared heritage.

It is a partnership between the Equality and Diversity Forum, Age UK, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, Disability Rights UK, Mind, René Cassin and Runnymede Trust but we want other organisations to get involved.

Equally Ours wants to brings charities and voluntary organisations together to share their stories of how human rights matter to the people they support – people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

They have prepared a briefing, available on the Equally Ours website. Soon more resources will be available on the site to help you promote human rights issues.

Take part in the discussion at #EverydayRights

Follow Equally Ours on Twitter @EquallyOurs

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SCIE: Personalisation briefing: Implications of the Equality Act 2010

03/07/2013 Personalisation

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This At a glance briefing examines the implications of the Equality Act 2010 for personalised adult social care. The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework which can support personalisation in adult social care. They are both about ensuring individuals receive services that are respectful, effective and accessible. It is essential that care providers from all sectors understand the implications for them. Continue reading …

Equality and Diversity e-learning course

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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Skills for Health, E-learning for Healthcare and the Department of Health are pleased to announce the release of a new Equality and Diversity course.

A better understanding of the impact of decisions and actions on different people means healthcare staff can respond more effectively, resulting in high quality care for everyone and leading to the more efficient use of resources.  The aim is to have a healthcare service that is delivered with dignity and respect by staff who are better informed and have a great awareness of the needs of individuals, in a working environment that meets the needs of our diverse workforce.

Based upon a programme that was originally supported by NHS North West and developed by the E-learning Team at Liverpool Primary Care Trust/Liverpool Community HealthTrust, this course has been updated to reflect the legal considerations of the Equality Act 2010.  The collaboration by national e-learning providers, working with service organisations to support a common programme development, has ensured a high quality and cost effective course.

The revision of this course has been well supported with the involvement of a number of Equality Leads from several NHS trusts.  The course has also benefitted from the review and guidance by a number of specialist advisory equality organisations.  Helen Limbert from The NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Department of Health “This e-learning package is an excellent example of work that will support the NHS in making the Council’s vision a reality.”

The programme is available through the platforms for the Core Learning Unit, E-learning for health and is also accessible through the National Learning Management System

If you would like further information please contact us at or by phone on 0845 330 6507.


Improving Equality and Diversity – A Guide for Third Sector CEOs

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This Improving Equality and Diversity guide from ACEVO offers practical advice on how equality and diversity can be mainstreamed in third sector organisations. It has been designed to help third sector organisations tailor action on diversity to their particular organisation.

Click here to download the PDF

Guidance on the equality duty

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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The guides provide an overview of the equality duty, including the general equality duty, the specific duties and who they apply to. They cover what public authorities should do to meet the duty. This includes steps that are legally required, as well as recommended actions. Continue reading …

Equality in our workforce

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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This report looks at staffing statistics relating to age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation in CQC. It has been published as part of our duty under the Equality Act 2010.

The findings from this report are based on our workforce in September 2011.

More information:

Equality and Human Rights – Reading lists

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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As a regulator, the Commission bases its decisions and policy making on a robust evidence / intelligence base. Continue reading …

Equality Act 2010 Acas Quick Start Guide for Employers.

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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The Equality Act will become law in October 2010. It replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what you need to do to make your workplace a fair environment and to comply with the law. Continue reading …

ACAS – Are you prepared for the Equality Act changes?

02/07/2013 Equality and Diversity

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Businesses need to review and update their current policies and procedures to reflect changes in the Equality Act
Acas, the employment relations service, has today launched new guidance to help businesses understand and prepare for the changes to the new single Equality Act. Continue reading …

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  • The Care Certificate Workbook Downloads

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    The Care Certificate Workbook from Skills for Care is a free downloadable resource aimed at supporting the training process and helping employers and their new health and social care workers to cover parts of the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate Workbook has been produced following the piloting of the Care Certificate, which indicated employers would […]

  • Communicating with people with a learning disability

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    This communicating with people with a learning disability guide from Mencap is designed to provide a brief introduction to communication, and the problems faced by someone with a learning disability. It also contains tips on how you can be a better communicator, and how you can help someone with a learning disability to get their […]

  • Social Care TV - Free resource for learning in social care

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    Social Care TV is a large library of videos on social care, covering adults and young people services, it is run by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).  It is free to access and focuses on the English care system but can used across the United Kingdom.  All the films on Social Care TV […]

  • CCTV in Care Homes - CQC Guidance

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    The CQC (Care Quality Commission) has produced guidance on using CCTV in Care Homes.  It sets out some of the key points that you need to consider when using hidden or visible surveillance.  The guide covers consent, safety, informing people and provides sources of support for you. Click here to download the PDF.

  • Dignity Action Day 2015 Resource Packs

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    The national Dignity in Care website has published updated their resource packs for Dignity Action Day 2015 which will be held on the 1st February 2015. The packs contain suggestions for events, activity resources and templates for newsletters. Click here to view the resource packs Click here for a list of events that will be […]