Principles of Care - 1.2

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4) Promoting individuals rights to dignity, independence, choice and safety

What do we mean by the term 'rights'

  • Rights can be covered by laws e.g. the right to drive a car at 18, the right to vote or get married, the right to go to school.
  • Rights can also be seen as a natural or universal right - the right to work, the right to have children, thr right to make choices about what to do in your daily life.

Legislations to support individuals rights include:

  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Children Act 1989
  • Health and Safety and Work Act 1973
  • NHS and Community Care Act 1990

The Right to Dignity

This means that individuals have the right to preserve their privacy with particular reference to hygiene, feeding etc, e.g. in a residential home an individual should

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