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Importance of human rights explored with BTEC students at North West Regional College

14 Feb 2023

The importance of respecting and protecting human rights when working in uniformed and healthcare services was highlighted to students at North West Regional College (NWRC) in Limavady.

The Commission delivered a workshop to young adults studying BTEC qualifications in both Uniformed Protective Services, and Health and Social Care.

Focusing on the Human Rights Act in particular, the students explored the human rights we are entitled to, and how these must be respected by public authorities.

Through group discussions the students looked at how most human rights can be limited in certain circumstances, and examined examples of when people’s human rights have been infringed.

The Commission also raised awareness of its work and statutory duties to promote and protect the rights of everyone in Northern Ireland, including through its Business and Sport forums.

Ian McGregor, Lecturer at North West Regional College said:

“"We are very grateful to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for their continued support and engagement in the delivery of our Level 3 BTEC qualifications.

The students received the benefit of information and guidance on human rights aspects which could impact on them, not only in their personal lives, but also on a prospective career in the public services.

Developing a better understanding of the impact of human rights on the public service sector is one of our key themes and this type of input from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission adds considerable value to our delivery. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them."

Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick added:

“Our educational engagement with young people is vital to instilling an awareness and appreciation of human rights, underlining that they are for everyone regardless of your background or circumstances.

It is especially useful to speak to young people who are looking to go into a career such as the uniformed services or healthcare where human rights plays an important role in the work that they do.

I would like to thank North West Regional College for having us come out and speak to students again, and I hope we can engage with their young people again in the future. I wish the students all the best with the rest of their studies.”


Notes to Editors

1.The NI Human Rights Commission is a statutory public body established in 1999 to promote and protect human rights. In accordance with the Paris Principles the Commission reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of measures undertaken by the UK Government to promote and protect human rights, specifically within Northern Ireland.

2.The Commission presented to students studying BTEC in Uniformed Protective Services, as well as those studying their BTEC in Health and Social Care.

3. The animation on the work of the Commission can be viewed here.

4. If you are interested in having the Commission speak to your post-primary students, please contact

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