Equally outstanding. Equality and human rights: good practice resource

SCIE Social Care Online
Care Quality Commission
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This resource shows how services that have the improvement of equality and the recognition of human rights at their centre, provide better quality services for the public. It demonstrates the ethical, business, economic and legal case for organisations to take an equality and human rights focus and looks at how to overcome potential challenges. Using case studies, it identifies nine common factors that can help make the services successful in using equality and human rights approaches. The nine factors are: Committed leadership; Principles in action; Staff equality; Improvement through equality and human rights; Staff are improvement partners; Serving the person better; Involving others; Courage; and Continuous learning and curiosity. The resource also looks at how focusing on equality and human rights can minimise the impact of financial challenges; highlights the role of commissioners, regulators and policy-makers; and how using an equality and human rights approach to empower people and communities, including in area-based approaches to care. The interactive document includes links to additional resources throughout.