British Values – Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect

What are British Values?

When we think about British Values, we think about what it means to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain. We aim towards valuing our community and celebrating diversity within the UK.

The values we are going to focus on here are Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect.

Individual Liberty

The right to believe, act and express oneself freely.”

 Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control. It is the protection of your rights and the rights of others. It is seen in day to day life through the following:

  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Rights, choice, consent and individuality
  • Values and principles


Individual liberty is different to:

Civil Liberty – the right of people to do or say things that are not illegal without being stopped or interrupted by the government.

Political Liberty – the right to express ourselves freely and effectually regarding the conduct, makeup, and principles of the government under which we live.

Mutual Respect

“Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.”

Mutual respect is understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own on others.

It is the foundation for honesty, trust, and meaningful communication. In order for relationships to remain healthy, both partners must be equally respected and appreciated. Mutual respect is defined as a proper regard for the dignity of a person or position.

Mutual trust and confidence is a phrase used in English law, particularly with reference to contracts in UK labour law, to refer to the obligations owed in an employment relationship between the employer and the worker.

We should respect an individual’s differences which may be any of the following:

  • Race
  • Culture
  • National origin
  • Region
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Socio-economic differences
  • Family structure
  • Health
  • Values
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