Personal and Intimate Care Policy

Introduction

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. 

Aims 

  • To ensure that the school works in partnerships with parents to ensure that they fully understand the school’s policies and procedures when dealing with intimate care. 
  • To ensure that the provision of intimate personal care fully meets the needs of the school’s child protection policy. 
  • To ensure that the intimate care of children is done in a sympathetic manor and children are treated with respect. 
  • To consider every child’s needs individually, taking full account of their age, special needs disability and gender ensuring everything will be done to avoid embarrassment 

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: 

  • Child Protection Policy 
  • Health & Safety Policy 
  • Staff Recruitment Policy 
  • Moving and Handling Policy 

Rationale: 

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.

Definition 

‘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: 

  • Be kept safe 
  • Personal privacy. 
  • Be valued as an individual. 
  • Involvement in their own intimate care. 
  • Be treated with dignity and respect. 
  • Express their views on their own intimate care and to have their views taken into account. 
  • Privacy and a professional approach from all staff that meets their needs. 
  • Be accepted for who they are, without regard to age, gender, ability, race. 

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.

  Personal and Intimate Care Policy – PDF

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk