Richard Simpson MSP has backed an innovative training programme which supports carers and care sector workers who want to find out more about the human rights of older people.

The Care about Rights project from the Scottish Human Rights Commission uses short films and practical examples which highlights common misunderstandings about human rights in the care sector in Scotland. Several hundred care workers from across the country have already taken part in Care about Rights training, and every registered care and housing support service for older people in Scotland has been sent a CD ROM and DVD of the materials.  Everyone can access the online version of Care about Rights which was launched on 10 December 2010 to mark international Human Rights Day.

Richard Simpson MSP attended an event at the Scottish Parliament on 20 January and backed the aims of Care about Rights.

Dr Richard Simpson said: “It’s vital that older people and care professionals, families and friends who care for them have their human rights recognised and respected. I was delighted to back the event at the Scottish Parliament and hope that many more people will find out more about the Care about Rights project.”

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said: “We developed Care about Rights because of concerns about older people’s rights not being respected and their views not being heard. There were also worries from some people within the care sector that they didn’t know enough about human rights to apply them at work.

“Care about Rights draws attention to the human rights of older people in Scotland, and the training materials explain human rights in an understandable way, with films and practical advice on day to day situations which make them easy to use.”

The Scottish Human Rights Commission was established in 2008. The human rights of older people were identified as a priority issue after a national consultation. Care about Rights was developed with support from Scottish Care, the Care Commission and Age Scotland.

Gloria McLoughlin, depute Chief Executive, Scottish Care said: “Given the challenges we face in the coming years around older people’s services, setting out that human rights are fundamental in our society is timely and important. Scottish Care have been delighted to support the development of Care about Rights, and to facilitate its roll out across the country. The training pack is a unique tool which brings focus and understanding specifically to human rights in the care sector, which is to be welcomed.”