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BASW UK responds to Government Independent Review of the Human Rights Act

The British Association of Social Workers has submitted a response to the Government's Independent Review of the Human Rights Act, giving evidence on the way that the Act is used by social workers.

The review is looking at two key areas – the relationship between domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights, and the impact of the Human Rights Act on the relationship between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature.

The BASW response focuses on how social workers use the Human Rights Act in their day to day roles, and uses the example of campaign group Article 39 taking the Government to court over the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 to demonstrate why the courts should be able to hold the executive to account.

The response also questions the accessibility of the review, with no easy-read version available and the use of complex language in the call for evidence.

For the response, click here.