Legislation protecting people in care

Last updated: 24 October 2017

Care regulation and rights

Human Rights Act 1998

Helps protect the most vulnerable in our communities, including people receiving care and support.

Recently introduced legislation has ensured that care home residents in privately run care homes – both private and not-for-profit – whose fees are funded by the state, or where the contract is arranged by the state, now have the protection of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Read more about the Human Rights Act 1998.

Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010 it's unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their 'protected characteristics'.

Read more about the Equality Act 2010.

Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011

This established the Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS), which gives advice and support to patients, their carers and families about NHS healthcare.

Read more about the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014

Ensures consistent, quality, sustainable care services for people who need joined-up support and care, particularly people with multiple, complex, long-term conditions.

Read more about the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Ensures better and more consistent support for adult and young carers, so they can continue to care – if they wish to do so – in better health, and have a life alongside caring.

Read more about the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 on the Scottish Parliament website.

Legislation protecting people in care
Care regulation and rights