A right to dignified care
As the Government gets ready to respond to the Francis Report into the Mid-Staffordshire scandal today, Alternative Futures Group has teamed up with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and 19 other health and social care providers to call for an approach that places human rights at the heart of compassionate care.
The Alternative Futures Group Promise, is one of the ways in which we ensure that our approach to care and support is a human rights based approach. Our Promise is our commitment that the service we deliver is one where we: listen to people, treat people right, empower people to make their own choices and decisions, support people to meet their personal outcomes and keep people safe. Through delivering Our Promise we ensure that the way in which we support people meets the FREDA principles. FREDA stands for Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy. The FREDA principles are the five core values that underpin Human Rights based support. The FREDA way is the only acceptable way for us.
The Francis Report highlights the tragic consequences of healthcare failures to protect our most basic human rights. Alongside the British Institute of Human Rights we welcome the seriousness the Government and the Prime Minister have attached to this issue, a commitment which we hope has life beyond the immediate response to the Francis Report, and which will deliver long-lasting change.
We are urging the Government to place human rights at the heart of health care, ensuring that never again will services lose sight of the person they support.