Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) is the roadmap for the realisation of all internationally recognised human rights across Scotland.

SNAP was developed over a year of broad participation of public bodies, voluntary organisations and people across Scotland. Through this process SNAP has evolved from a traditional action plan into a plan for acting together. It is a process, built on a recognition that sustainable culture change is achieved through a collaborative process in which those with responsibilities and those whose rights are affected work together to agree outcomes and priorities, identify and address practical challenges and test actions.

SNAP does not belong to one organisation.  SNAP will coordinate action by a wide range of public bodies and voluntary organisations towards achieving this vision.

Read the SNAP Year One report.

Read the SNAP Year Two report.

Read the SNAP Year Three report.

To find out more about the breadth of activity taking place as part of SNAP, visit the dedicated website


SNAP: Health and Social Care

There are nine priority areas for action in SNAP. The fourth priority area is to ‘Enhance respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights to achieve high quality health and social care.’  The SNAP Action Group on Health and Social Care is taking forward actions which seek to challenge policy makers and strategists to go deeper than statements on ‘human rights are embedded’ in health and social care policy and make a direct positive impact on people’s experiences of services.

SNAP provides an opportunity for all parts of the health and social care landscape to use a human rights based approach, and for providers to embed such aspirations into the core of service planning and delivery. It aspires to influence culture and leadership, and impact on the day to day delivery of support and services to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. The principles of SNAP’s human rights based approach integrate with, and can enhance, approaches already happening – rather being a stand-alone tool for service providers to consider.

SNAP gives added impetus to embed a Human Rights Based Approach to health and social care in Scotland that supports fair and effective budgeting, co-production in service planning and design and, ultimately, better outcomes for individuals and communities, supported by person-centred services.