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.
 

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 advocates and campaigners. 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.

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. 

We have put together the survey questions below to help us to do find out how Covid-19 has impacted the people you support.  

You can complete the questions below. All the questions are optional, so you do not have to answer them all if you do not want to. All your answers are anonymous, we cannot trace these back to people.

 

Thank you for taking the time to help us ensure people's real life experiences are part of the evidence to the JCHR (and the EHRiC in Scotland).

 

Please note that we can’t provide legal advice or support to individuals. If you need help for your situation you can find more information on groups to contact here.

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

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* 2. What is your job/ voluntary role?

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* 3. Where do you work?

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF THE PEOPLE YOU SUPPORT DURING COVID-19

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* 4. We have been made aware of lots of issues with care and support during Covid-19. The question looks big because we want to make it easier for you to tell us about any issues the people you support have experienced.

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 been made aware of the people you support experiencing any of the following since the outbreak of Covid-19? Please tick all that apply:

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* 5. Do you believe any of the above issues, that the people you support have experienced, were also about treating them worse than other people because of a particular identity or characteristic they have?

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* 6. In your experience, has the Covid-19 situation impacted the need to use human rights to challenge poor practice?

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* 7. Has the care and support of the people you support been affected by Covid-19?

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* 8. Has the way people can visit the people you supprt been affected by Covid-19?

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* 9. Since the start of Covid-19 have the people you support been involved in decision-making affecting their care and support?

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* 10. Since the start of Covid-19, when decisions have been made about the people you support's care and support were they told why this decision was made and for how long it would last?

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* 11. When a decision has been made about the people you support's care or support did staff or the organisation providing that care and support tell them about how they could challenge this decision or raise an issue about it?

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* 12. When the people you support have raised an issue or challenged a decision was this reviewed or addressed by the staff or organisations providing the care and support (or another organisation they complained to)?

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* 13. Do you think those making decisions about care and support during Covid-19 considered the specific characteristics or needs of the people you support? 

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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* 14. Since the start of Covid-19, when a decision is being made about a person you support's care and support have decision-makers told them about their human rights in this situation?

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* 15. Do you feel able to raise a concern or challenge with staff about the people you support human rights when decisions are being made about their care and support?

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* 16. Do the people you support feel able to raise a concern or challenge with staff about the their human rights when decisions are being made about their care and support?

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* 17. Since the start of Covid-19, if a decision is made about the care and support of a person you support, were they told which law allowed this change?

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* 18. Since the start of Covid-19, if a decision has been made about the people you support's care and support were they made aware that their legal rights under the Human Rights Act have NOT changed in this time?

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* 19. Since the start of Covid-19 have you used human rights to create change in the lives of the people you support, for example to get a decision or policy changed? 

Have the people you support used human rights to create change in their own lives?

And/or have you worked with staff who are using human rights positively in their work?

You can share your story below - this may be helpful to include in the evidence to the JCHR:

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* 20. Last question. Is there anything you would like to tell us about human rights 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 advocacy and campaigning 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 people working in health and care you can do so here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/62JS2XS

At BIHR we are committed to amplifying the voices of people's who's rights may be at risk 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 get involved: https://www.bihr.org.uk/news/now-live-bihrs-communites-of-practice
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