Better Lives – Health and Social Care

A dedicated website has been developed by the SNAP – Health and Social Care action group.

What SNAP aims to achieve…

Enhancing respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights to achieve high quality health and social care by:

  • •Embedding human rights in ongoing change and improvement of health and care
  • •Review National Care Standards and strive for person-centred care
  • •Taking a human rights approach to reducing health inequalities
  • •Taking action to realise the right to independent living for all, including through self-directed support
  • •Improving understanding and practices to uphold autonomy, including through Scotland’s learning disabilities strategy and reviews of law and practice on mental health, legal capacity and guardianships
  • •Improving support for children and young people leaving care, looked after children and children in kinship care
  • •Improving outcomes when it comes to carers rights including the right to an adequate standard of living and to work
  • •Securing more consistent understanding and respect for human rights in mental health care and treatment
  • •Enabling the health and care workforce to put a human rights based approach into practice, building on good practice in areas like dementia care

Action Group

The Health and Social Care Action Group is made up of eight member organisations who all discuss and contribute to the development of SNAP in this action area. The members are as follows:


Already the Health and Social Care Action Group has worked across public and voluntary sectors to produce a briefing paper; a stakeholder event; and to discuss local pilot tests building human rights into health and social care. The action group has also already developed a website to provide easy access to relevant information and resources and further details of their work.


The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access.

Produced as part of SNAP, the five short films share people’s experiences of using human rights to challenge and improve the quality of the health and care services they use. The films highlight how human rights have been used in dementia care, mental health detention, advocacy, youth work and services for disabled people.

Featuring interviews with people whose rights have been affected, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that work with them, the films are a practical resource to help organisations providing services to embed human rights in their work.