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Guidance on a Human Rights-based Approach in Health and Social Care Services

Author: HIQA; Safeguarding Ireland

Publication Year: 2019


About this guidance
An overview of human rights
The FREDA principles - Human rights in practice
1. Fairness
2. Respect
3. Equality
4. Dignity
5. Autonomy
Extended case studies
Resource 1: Key human rights relevant to health and social care services and how they link to the FREDA principles
Resource 2: Decision-making Flow Chart
Resource 3: Useful contacts and further reading


The guidance was developed in conjunction with Safeguarding Ireland, and was part-funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission under the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2017.

The guidance offers a common language and framework to describe a human rights-based approach to care and support for adults. It is a practical and accessible resource that outlines a way of working for frontline health and social care staff to assist them to uphold human rights in their work. The guidance will also help people using services to understand what they should expect from a service that is committed to respecting, protecting and promoting their human rights.

Format Download
Keywords human rights, health
Publisher Health Information and Quality Authority
Classification human rights
Pages 39
Categories: Reports, Irish Content
External Link
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