Human Rights

Public Sector Equality Duty Equality
Human Rights Equality
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As a public authority Bridgewater is committed to ensuring that it carries out all its functions within the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998. The Act sets out the basic rights and freedoms of everyone in the UK regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Anyone who is in the UK for any reason is protected by the Act.

An easy way to look at human rights and what they mean for you is through the five principles of FREDA:

  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Dignity
  • Autonomy

The FREDA principles are the values supported by the Act. They are a useful guide to ensure that the trust and its employees are treating people with dignity and respect, is monitoring and ensuring that all members of our communities have fair and equal access to services and employment and that all possible steps are taken to ensure staff and service users have independent control over their lives and their life and care choices.

Following the public enquiries into the serious failings in care at Winterbourne View and Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, recommendations and actions have been produced and agreed at a national level and also within Bridgewater to ensure that the care provided to our communities and the environments where our staff work promote respect and dignity, individuality, freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity for all.

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