Here at The Link School, we are committed to ensuring that all staff responsible for the intimate care of children will undertake their duties in a professional manner at all times. No child is excluded from our school that, for whatever reason, may not be toilet trained and we also work with parents/carers to support toilet training where necessary.
The Intimate Care Policy and Guidelines applies to everyone involved in the intimate care of children.
These guidelines should be read in conjunction with other policies a school may hold, for example:
In school we are committed to ensuring that all staff responsible for the intimate care of children undertake their duties in a professional manner at all times. We recognise that there is a need to treat children with respect when engaged in any form of intimate care. The child’s welfare and dignity are paramount at all times.
‘Intimate care’ is defined as any involvement that requires touching or the carrying out of invasive procedures to support the personal care needs of the child. Where possible children will carry out these tasks independently; however for a small number of pupils especially those with a physical/learning disability or those with medical needs intimate care support may be required on either a regular or intermittent basis in order to address need.
Principles of Intimate Care
The following are the fundamental principles upon which this policy and guidelines are based
We believe that every child has the right to:
Intimate care is any care which involves washing, touching or carrying out an invasive procedure that most children carry out for themselves but which some are unable to do due to physical disability, special educational needs associated with learning difficulties, medical needs or needs arising from the child’s stage of development. Care may involve help with drinking, eating, dressing and toileting.
You can read our full Personal and Intimate Care Policy by downloading the PDF below.
Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777