The aim of this work was to translate the legalistic nature of human rights into a practical way of working for those working across health and social care services in Ireland. In particular, it aimed to identify specific barriers to implementation of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to care, most notably in terms of gaps in knowledge of frontline staff and to develop practical resources such as guidance to show how they can respect, promote and uphold people’s rights. A comprehensive literature review was undertaken and extensive engagement with health and social care stakeholders including, staff, advocates, and adults who use health and social care services was conducted. Stakeholder engagement consisted of public consultations, focus groups, and convening an advisory group. Findings from the literature review and the stakeholder engagement indicate that a lack of understanding regarding how to implement and practically apply a HRBA exists among frontline staff and management in health and social care services. It was identified there was a need to develop guidance to support health and social care staff in understanding a HRBA to care and support and to assist them in the implementation and application of human rights principles in their everyday work.
Fitzgerald, Sarah; Behan, Laura; McCarthy, Shauna; Weir, Linda; O'Rourke, Niamh; and Flynn, Rachel
"Translating a Human Rights-based Approach into Health and Social Care Practice,"
Journal of Social Care:
Vol. 3, Article 3.
Available at: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/jsoc/vol3/iss1/3