York human rights network launches groundbreaking report

International Service CEO Jo Baker will speak at the launch of a report assessing York’s performance delivering key human rights for its citizens.  

The first York Human Rights Indicator Report - the first of its kind in the UK - which will be launched on Thursday (December 8), seeks to monitor York’s performance in areas of health and social care, education, housing, living standards and equality and non-discrimination.

International Service is a partner in the York Human Rights City Network, which aims to encourage the use of human rights in policy planning and decision making, promote debate and discussion about human rights and protection of vulnerable groups through human rights frameworks.

The report seeks to use local data as measures of key human rights that have been prioritised by York residents and organisations.

The York Human Rights City Network worked with a post-graduate research team from the Centre for Applied Human Rights to select indicators (measurements) based on information available specific to York and consultation with service providers and advocates from York.

The indicators show that York fulfils the rights of many residents through statutory and non-statutory services. In particular, York has seen a steady improvement in the satisfaction of adult social care users, an indicator for the right to health and social care, and a steady decline in the number of households that are statutorily homeless, an indicator for the right to housing. However, there are still areas that require concerted effort, for example, addressing the rise in reported hate crime.

Heidi Chan, Coordinator of the York Human Rights City Network, said: “York can be proud of many things. For example, the data available for the right to education illustrates that York pupils do better than the national average. However, the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and peers in York (34%) is larger than the national average (28.30%).  We do know that the council and schools are actively trying to address this gap, and in subsequent reports we will be able to follow the progress being made.”

Paul Gready, Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights and Network steering group member, said: “In these challenging and uncertain political times, advocates of social justice need new ways of thinking and working. The York Human Rights City Network is such an initiative – working with the City Council, statutory agencies and civil society; starting from local priorities and everyday concerns; and emphasising a positive vision of the role human rights can play in our community.

Dr Gready, who is also a Trustee of International Service, added:
“The indicator project epitomises this approach, and represents a call to debate and take action on the issues that matter most to us in York.”

The York Human Rights City Network, is comprised of representatives from the City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police, York CVS (Centre for Voluntary Service), International Service, the York City of Sanctuary movement, and the Centre for Applied Human Rights.

The Network will be launching the report on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at Kings Manor at 5pm.

Hard copies will be available from the Centre for Applied Human Rights and York CVS and available for download from the website, www.yhrcn.org. For human rights and this report to be relevant for residents in York, the network welcomes the input and comments from individuals and organisations from York via email to info@yhrcn.org or via York CVS, 01904 621133.

York’s priority human rights were identified by the York Human Rights City Network through surveys and consultations with +400 adults who lived, worked and studied in York in 2015.








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