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Joint Committee on Human Rights to take evidence on  Visiting in care homes

13 April 2021

The Joint Committee on Human Rights continues to explore the Government’s response to covid-19 and the human rights implications of long lockdown. 

Restrictions on visits have been a painful part of life in lockdown for many living in care homes, and their families. 

Purpose of the session

This evidence session will consider how the current guidance on care home visits and its implementation balances the right to family life (Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights) with the need to protect residents’ right to life (Article 2, European Convention on Human Rights) during the pandemic.  

Likely areas of discussion include: 

  • The Government’s obligation to secure the right to life (Article 2 ECHR) during the pandemic, including lessons learned for the future; 
  • The various obligations on those running care homes and the balancing of risk (for example, to protect the residents and risks of liability in tort and insurance); 
  • An assessment of the wider human rights concerns for care home residents after the pandemic.  

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 April

At 3pm

  • Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England
  • Jenny Morrison, Co-founder, Rights for Residents 
  • Zac Taylor, Director of Quality and Practice, Mencap 

Further information

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