The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) is currently holding an inquiry into the UK Government’s response to Covid-19. This inquiry is looking at how people's human rights may have been affected.

The Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) is also currently conducting a survey into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights. If you are in Scotland we will use your responses in our submission to the EHRiC. 

At BIHR we are gathering evidence for both inquiries from people and their families accessing care and support; advocacy and campaigning organisations and people working in health and care. This survey is for people working in health and care. The other two survey links can be found at the end if you would like to share these and help amplify more voices please do.

You can complete the questions below. All the questions are optional.  All your answers are anonymous, we cannot trace these back to people.

Thank you for taking the time to help us ensure people working during this pandemic have their experiences heard. 

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* 1. Which setting do you work in? Choose any/all which apply

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* 2. Where do you work? 

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* 3. What group of people do you support? Choose any/all which apply

ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WORKING DURING COVID-19

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* 4. We have been made aware of lots of issues with care and support during Covid-19. *Please be aware that this question includes descriptions of distressing issues which you may not want to read. You do not have to answer this question if you do not want to.

Have you as a someone working in health and care experienced or been aware of any of the following during Covid-19? Please choose any/all which apply and tell us more if you feel able.


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* 5. Do you believe any of the above issues resulted in someone being treated worse than others  because of a particular identity or characteristic they hold?

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* 6. Have human rights in the area of care and support you work in been affected by Covid-19?

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* 7. Have you been aware of changes to visiting policies which impact the way people you support can be visited or can visit family members or people they care about during Covid-19?

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* 8. Since the start of Covid-19 have you been able to involve the people you support in decision-making which affects them?

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* 9. Since the start of Covid-19, when decisions have been made about someone's care and support did you feel able to explain why this decision was made and for how long it would last?

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* 10. When a decision was made about someone's care or support during Covid-19 were you able to tell people how they could challenge that decision or raise a complaint?

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* 11. Were you able to continue to meet your duties under the Equality Act during Covid-19? Meaning you were able to consider specific characteristics or needs when making decisions. 

This could include (but is not limited to) considering any disabilities, mental health or capacity issues, race or ethnicity, age, gender or other characteristics or needs.

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* 12. Since the start of Covid-19 have you been able to inform people about their human rights? 

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* 13. Do you feel able to raise a concern or challenge the body you work for about a decision/issue/policy etc that risks the human rights of people accessing care and support? 

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* 14. Do you feel able to raise a concern or challenge the body you work for about your own human rights as a staff member? 

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* 15. Do you feel that during Covid-19 you as a staff member have been treated without discrimination by your employer? 

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* 16. Since the start of Covid-19, were you provided with legal training or clear information about the use of Emergency Powers under the Coronavirus Act (CVA)?

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* 17. Since the start of Covid-19, were you provided with legal training or clear information about upholding Human Rights law?

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* 18. Since the start of Covid-19 have you used human rights to create change in the lives of people you support, for example to get a decision or policy changed?  You can share your story below - this may be helpful to include in the evidence to the JCHR:

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* 19. Last question. Is there anything you would like to tell us about your human rights or the human rights of people you support during Covid-19?

Thank you very much for completing our survey to help us understand how people's human rights are being affected during Covid-19.

We appreciate that those working in health and care are also people with families and people they care about receiving care and support. If you would like to complete or share our survey for people and families you can do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JCHR_People 

If you would like to complete or share our survey for advocacy and campaigning groups you can do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JCHR_AandC

At BIHR we are committed to amplifying the voices of people working in health and care throughout this pandemic and beyond. Our Communities of Practice provide a platform for people to be heard on key human rights issues we work on which affect their life and work. This feeds into the evidence we submit to policy makers, inquiries and reviews. Click here to find out more and continue to be involved: https://www.bihr.org.uk/news/now-live-bihrs-communites-of-practice

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