Roisin Speaks at CASE

In June this year, our ‘Dignity’ lead Roisin, was invited to speak at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion regarding ‘Dignity and Respect as Core Drivers of Social Policies’, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as part of her role as a trustee for the Dignity Council. 

The debate sections encompassed social policy and public services exploring values – specifically the values of dignity and respect – as core drivers of social policy.

The session was to bring about informed new research from LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), which looks in detail at the social policies, investments, and outcomes under the UK governments between May 2015 and pre-pandemic 2020. This work is supported by the Nuffield Foundation, looking at a new values-based approaches to social policy, encompassing dignity and respect, recognition and social valuation.

The focus discussions were:

  • What are precedents for dignity- based approaches within the health and care system in England?
  • Has the pandemic opened up a space for public debate about values-based social policy, through increased recognition and valuing of key public service workers?

The dignity-based themes certainly highlighted continued development of the importance of dignity at the centre of Health & Social care, the lived experience of individuals- and how much we can learn from listening to people.