Dignity in care work

A female care worker sitting next to a woman playing with an abacus

Dignity in care work focuses on the value of every person as an individual. It means respecting other’s views, choices and decisions, not making assumptions about how people want to be treated and working with care and compassion. 

We’ve created tools to help you ensure dignity is at the centre of everything you do so you can achieve high quality, person-centred care and support.

Dignity in practice

Dignity in social care ensures individuals who receive care and support are able to make choices about the care they receive. This includes decisions about everyday care needs, such as:

  • personal hygiene
  • meal and drink choices
  • communication
  • social interaction
  • pain management
  • moving and assistance.

How can we help?

To ensure you deliver dignity in care, we have the common core principles for dignity toolkit to support good practice.

The Dignity training pack can also support you to deliver training around dignity to your workers. 

We’ve identified seven principles for social care workers to follow to ensure they support people who need care and support with dignity.

The principles are:

  1. value the uniqueness of every individual
  2. uphold the responsibility to shape care and support services around each individual
  3. value communicating with individuals in ways that are meaningful to them
  4. recognise and respect how an individual’s dignity may be affected when supported with their personal care
  5. recognise that an individual’s surroundings and environments are important to their sense of dignity
  6. value workplace cultures that actively promote the dignity of everybody
  7. recognise the need to challenge care that may reduce the dignity of the individual.

They’re brought together in the common core principles to support dignity toolkit, which explains the principles in practice, what knowledge and skills are needed to embed the principles, and gives good practice guidance and examples for you to follow. 

The toolkit is available online or the guide is available to buy in paper format for the special offer price of £10 (was £15) from our online bookshop.

The Common core principles dignity training pack supports those involved in learning and development to deliver training on dignity in adult social care using tried and tested resources.

The training pack allows you to deliver training in house and contains:

  • a copy of the Common core principles for dignity toolkit
  • an animation to challenge assumptions around dignity
  • a presentation which guides the format of the workshop
  • notes for facilitators
  • the ten top tips for facilitators
  • a poster showing the principles.

The pack is now priced at only £35 (was £50) and you can buy your copy from our bookshop. 

Hear from the organisations below to see how they have implemented the common core principles for dignity in their organisation. 

The case studies explain:

  • how the providers got involved with the common core principles for dignity project
  • how they have put the principles into practice
  • how they have encouraged staff to stop and think dignity
  • the difference that the principles have made supporting staff to uphold dignity in the workplace.
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