'Give us back our values': how to use human rights law in social work

Our pilot scheme is training social workers to use the Human Rights Act in practice, from writing care plans to expressing concern about neglect

Earlier this year, former care minister Norman Lamb described the care received by people with learning disabilities as an abuse of human rights. His comments came during Seven Days of Action, a campaign led by families to shine a spotlight on the thousands of people with autism and learning difficulties currently detained in some form of in-patient setting.

One of those involved is Mark Neary, father of Steven Neary. Mark had to take legal action against his local authority back in 2011 when they refused to return his son home, after a brief stay in respite care turned into a year-long ordeal. At the British Institute of Human Rights we hear similar stories all too often – of services failing people with learning disabilities and their families.

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