Intimate Care Policy
Intimate care involves areas of personal care, which most people normally do for themselves but some are unable to do because of age, impairment or disability.
I provide intimate care to all children, which acknowledges my responsibilities and protects the rights of everyone involved. I believe all children have the right to be treated with sensitivity and respect, and in such a way that their experience of intimate care is a positive one. I acknowledge that it is essential that every child is treated as an individual and that care is given as gently and as sensitively as possible. I also believe that every child should be encouraged to have a positive image of their own body.
If your child has a special need, I will work closely with you, to obtain as much information as possible in order to make the process of intimate care as comfortable as possible. I will endeavour to take all of yours' and your child's individual concerns into account. I believe that information on intimate care should only be communicated by sealed letter, personal contact or telephone between parents/guardians and myself.
I am familiar with the normal precautions for avoiding infection and will follow good practice in hygiene.
I am happy to take part in any appropriate training.
I will endeavour to ensure your child has age appropriate privacy when carrying out intimate care.
I will allow your child to care for themselves as far as they are able to, and will promote appropriate use of toilets and associated skills.
I will always be aware of and respond to your child's reactions, and provide reassurance whenever they need it.