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Below you will find government and academic papers Reach has been mentioned in, and various publications from the staff at Reach...

At present, the current service delivery in the UK is built on issue or needs based approaches, which can exacerbate problems people face for a number of reasons from  eligibility criteria and waiting times to IT poverty.

We need UK wide social change to tackle systemic issues.


Reach recognise that using a human rights framework to educate, train and empower can help to address these problems.

This is why our approach is uniquely based on : 

United Nations Declaration of Human Rights


A common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

International Covenant on 

Civil and Political Rights


Commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.

International Covenant on Ecomonic Social & Cultural Rights 


Ensures the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to: education. fair and just conditions of work. an adequate standard of living.

Human Rights Act (1998)

Sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the UNDHR rights and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. 

Equality Act


Covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. This legislation highlights specifically the protection of minority groups ( protected characteristics) in all aspects of life  ( social determinants of health) and was produced to be a streamlined version of the human rights act 1998.

Through this we concentrate on the  rights of


The training we offer enables individuals to understand and apply the rights established above and use this knowledge to safeguard the rights and responsibilities of everyone in society.


Although,  legislation and former human rights acts legally stipulate that Scottish governing bodies and respective organisations have a responsibility to be working from a human rights-based approach, the data we have collected from trainees demonstrates that despite employees knowing that their services should work from a human rights based approach, they do not have the knowledge or understanding in how to apply it to their work: 

From frontline staff, 65% claimed their service worked from a human rights based approach however 97% of participants were unable to apply a human rights framework within their work.*

Reach can accommodate frontline organisations and individuals becoming synonymous with government legislation and current strategies  to use a human rights based approach through our SQA approved training .

*from a series of human rights based workshops based in SW Scotland.

our training

It is recognised that a human rights based approach can bring a common thread to public service reform, health and social care that will ensure this standard is met for everyone regardless of external factors. . .

Brofen Brenner diagram showing the 8 social de

Access to health services


Our Communities


Childhood experience


Family income

Social support

Knowledge of human rights legislation ensures your rights to services are met, protecting your rights to health. 

The Social Determinants of Health:

Family income

Social Support

The above diagram depicts the

8 social determinants of health :

The 8 social determinants of health icons.png

Access to Health Services

Family Income


Our Communities





Childhood experiences


These are the conditions in which we are born, we grow and age, and in which we live and work.

The scales of justice graphic

To be healthier

we need to be fairer...


REACH were selected as a case study by the Christie Commission to illustrate the benefits of working from a human rights framework at a community level. Helping to demonstrate the above point that

very little can be addressed in isolation from other issues.

*Christie Commission on the future delivery of public services

The NHS  report on Human rights and the right to health  (2018)


Protecting, respecting and fulfilling human rights is therefore necessary if we are to address health inequalities and realise the right to health for everyone in Scotland. Embedding a

Human Rights Based approach (HBRA)

in policy and practice will help us do this. 


The Scottish Government's treatment strategies recognise the need for a human rights based approach to be synonymous with any work engaged with by NHS health boards, ADP boards and or local authorities. Recent reports such as the "Recommendations for a new human rights framework to improve people's lives report" - Report to the First minister (2018) specify these responsibilities.  

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