Handbook aims to improve use of human rights

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has issued a handbook for public sector staff giving guidance on how to use human rights in their work.

It is part of a government campaign to debunk some of the myths surrounding the Human Rights Act. A review commissioned by the prime minister earlier this year revealed a general lack of understanding about the Act.

The guide was launched by information rights minister at the DCA, Baroness Cathy Ashton, at a conference for senior public sector managers in Manchester last week.

She said: “Human rights are an essential element of living in a fair and democratic society. They lie at the foundation of our security and prosperity. The documents will provide public authorities with the guidance they need to put in place really effective training and assistance for managers and frontline staff.”

To download the handbook go to www.dca.gov.uk


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