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Policy Groups

Launch of Law Centre's Mental Health Legal Representation Service

  • Mental Health and Learning Disability Alliance

    The Alliance is a coalition of organisations committed to the development of modern, ethical, capacity and mental health law that is firmly based on international human rights principles.

    Central to the vision of the Alliance is valuing people with mental health needs or learning disabilities, their rights to full citizenship, equality of opportunity, self-determination and respect for human rights. The Alliance anticipates a process of reform, renewal and modernisation of services, policy and legislation by campaigning and providing information on issues which affect people with mental health issues and/or a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

  • Rights in Community Care

Rights in Community Care (RICC) includes Age NI; Alzheimer’s Society; Carers Northern Ireland; Disability Action; Law Centre (NI) and UNISON.  RICC supports a human rights-based approach to the delivery of community care.

From 2010-2012, RICC held a series of seminars themed: ‘A Vision for Community Care.’ Each seminar explored a topic of particular relevance to adult social care and a range of speakers were invited to present.  RICC  compiled a report on the four seminars which is available to view here: 

A Vision for Community Care

  • North South Immigration Forum

The North/South Immigration Forum meets annually and brings together immigration practitioners from both sides of the border. The Forum is an opportunity to inform each other about relevant developments in each jurisdiction, identify any common areas of shared concern and to make contacts. The Forum usually focuses on a specific theme: past topics have included the Common Travel Area, unaccompanied asylum seeking children and human trafficking. The Forum is open to all practitioners working in immigration issues including lawyers, NGO/community groups and individuals.

  • Welfare Reform Group

The Welfare Reform Group is an umbrella grouping of organisations that campaign for positive changes to policy, service provision and legislation for those in receipt of social security while also providing advice and support to other advice giving organisations and disadvantaged persons in their capacity as individual members of the Group.

The Group supports an equality and human rights-based approach to the provision of social security which demonstrates an understanding of and focus on the needs and choices of all in receipt of benefits.



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