The unacceptable truth that children in England are going without the basics

Nicky Hawkins blogs about how the government is still failing to make sure our children’s most basic needs are met: As a relatively new mother, I’m struck by the relentless stream of everyday worries and mundane but important decisions that are part and parcel of parenthood. Back-to-back illnesses, childcare choices and the sleepless nights everyone warns …

The wheels on the bus: we’re having the wrong conversation about accessible transport

Rachel Krys blogs about how the debate is being framed around accessible transport: I was a pushchair user for a few years, between 2005 and 2010. I remember being struck at the time by how much I was benefiting from the new focus on accessibility on transport and in public buildings. The button to open …

A relative in need of help brings home the importance of human rights

Equally Ours’ Director Nicky Hawkins blogs about the importance of human rights in care:  Today the Care Quality Commission announced that a new ‘mum test’ will form part of standards for rating care providers. Inspectors will consider whether they would be happy for their own parent to be looked after in each home they visit. …

Human rights are fundamental to good mental health services

Thankfully most people never have to worry about their human rights. For many, they can seem fairly distant: something for lawyers and politicians to worry about, with little impact on our own everyday lives. When we do hear about human rights in the media it’s usually via a story that links them with supposedly ‘undeserving’ …