Draft SNAP Actions under review

The SNAP Leadership Panel is currently in the process of reviewing and revising the draft Actions that will be in Scotland’s next National Human Rights Action Plan (SNAP).

After four years’ work from 2017 to 2020, SNAP’s development was severely hampered by COVID-19.

Since being appointed in March 2022, members of the Leadership Panel have been through an intensive induction programme and developed a methodology to help their work to review, revise, finalise and launch SNAP.

The Panel have an existing long-list of draft SNAP Actions to review and revise. These come from learning from the first SNAP, extensive research and engagement carried out during the 2017-2020 development phase, and feedback to a public consultation on a draft SNAP published in 2019.

The Panel will also identify new Actions – to fill identified gaps, and to take into account what’s changed and new in the national and international context since 2020. For example, the impact of COVID-19 and recovery from the pandemic, and plans to incorporate a raft of UN human rights treaties and rights into domestic law.

We’ll continue to provide more information about the Panel’s work as it progresses.

If you would like to find out more, contact the SNAP Secretariat by emailing actionplan@scottishhumanrights.com.

SNAP Leadership Panel gets underway

The SNAP Leadership Panel held its first formal business meeting on 27 April 2022. The Panel has a busy programme of work over the coming months to create and launch Scotland’s next national human rights action plan (SNAP). After SNAP is launched, the Panel’s role is to monitor and oversee it. 

The Panel’s first priority is to review the existing long-list of draft SNAP actions and outcomes. These were produced during the SNAP development phase from 2017 to 2020, and are based on evidence about human rights issues in Scotland and extensive engagement and consultation. The Panel will review, revise and update these actions and outcomes – taking into account the public consultation feedback on a draft SNAP, as well as events that have taken place since 2020, like COVID-19.

We’ll continue to provide more information about the Panel’s work as it progresses.

If you would like to find out more, contact the SNAP Secretariat by emailing actionplan@scottishhumanrights.com.

New SNAP Leadership Panel appointed

SNAP is delighted to announce that the members of a new SNAP Leadership Panel have been appointed.

The members have been appointed for a period of three years to 2025 (subject to funding). They will work collaboratively to review, revise, finalise and launch Scotland’s next SNAP. After SNAP is launched, the Panel’s role is to monitor and oversee its implementation. You can find out more about the Panel’s role in the members’ Terms of Reference (this link will take you away from our website).

The members of the SNAP Leadership Panel are:

  • Dr Anna Black, Commissioner, Scottish Human Rights Commission (co-Chair)
  • Elisabeth Campbell, Deputy Director Human Rights, Scottish Government (co-Chair)
  • Alessa Raine Catterall
  • Alex Thorburn
  • Anna-Ruth Cockerham
  • Charlie McMillan, Chief Executive, Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD)
  • Clare Gallagher, Human Rights Officer, CEMVO Scotland
  • Clare MacGillivray, Director, Making Rights Real (MRR)
  • Fiona Sarwar
  • Fiona Taylor (alternate), DCC Professionalism, Digital and Transformation, Police Scotland
  • Gordon Paterson, Director for Social Care, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Heather Ford
  • Henry Mathias, Head of Professional Standards and Practice, Care Inspectorate
  • Hussein Patwa
  • John Wilkes, Head of Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
  • Lorraine Cook (deputising), Policy Manager, Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Malcolm Foley, Chair, Dumfries and Galloway Poverty and Inequality Partnership (DGPIP)
  • Malcolm Graham (alternate), DCC Crime and Operational Support, Police Scotland
  • Mhairi Snowden, Director, Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS)
  • Michael Heffernan
  • Nicola Dickie, Director of People Policy, Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Nicola McCallum
  • Pat Scrutton
  • Rob Gowans, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
  • Sam Smith, CEO, C-Change Scotland
  • Shaben Begum
  • Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed
  • Stephen Sandham (deputising), Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Scotland (HMIPS)
  • Susan Docherty
  • Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, Chief Inspector of Prisons, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Scotland (HMIPS)

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