Intimate Care Policy

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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 aim to provide intimate care to children and children with special needs, which acknowledge the responsibilities and protects the rights of everyone involved. I believe that 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.

 

Procedure

I will liaise closely with parents/guardians of children with special needs 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 their 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 will take part in any appropriate training.

 

I will endeavour to ensure privacy appropriate to the child's age and situation when carrying out intimate care.

 

I will allow the child to care for themselves as far as they are able to, and will promote appropriate use of toilets and associated skills.

 

I will be aware of and responsive to the child's reactions, and provide reassurance whenever this is required.