Photograph of first page of HRA legislation Human Rights Law

The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), which fully came into force on 2 October 2000, makes it unlawful for a public authority (including publicly-funded FE or HE institutions, with respect to their exercise of functions of a public nature) to contravene sixteen key rights laid down in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), unless an Act of Parliament meant that it could not have acted differently.

Human rights are based on principles of equality, dignity and respect. They require a balance to be struck between the rights of an individual and the rights of others or the wider community. FE and HE institutions are required by the HRA to operate in a way that upholds and protects the human rights of those they deal with.

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Compulsory Disclosure of Minor Spent Convictions Breaches Human Rights, Rules Supreme Court

The UK's highest appellate court found that forced disclosure of all spent convictions, including cautions, under the Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate breaches Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Keeping Young Learners Safe in Education - Guidance

All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which people can learn.

New Weapon Against Enforced Subject Access

It will soon be a criminal offence to require someone to make a subject access request and reveal the result.

New Guidance for HE in Handling External Speakers

This guidance from Universities UK provides a framework for institutions to review and improve their own procedures when inviting external speakers to their university.

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