Standard 7 of the Care Certificate takes an in-depth look at privacy and dignity.
It explores what privacy and dignity is and how it can be compromised before looking at how to maintain the privacy and dignity of individuals receiving care, supporting them to make their own choices and active participation.
It is divided into six learning outcomes, each consisting of several assessment criteria.
- 7.1 Understand the principles that underpin privacy and dignity in care
- 7.2 Maintain the privacy and dignity of the individual(s) in their care
- 7.2a Demonstrate that their actions maintain the privacy of the individual. This could include: Using appropriate volume to discuss the care and support of an individual, Discussing the individual’s care and support in a place where others cannot overhear
- 7.2b Demonstrate that the privacy and dignity of the individual is maintained at all times being in line with the person’s individual needs and preferences when providing personal care. This could include: Making sure doors, screens or curtains are in the correct position, Getting permission before entering someone’s personal space, Knocking before entering the room, Ensuring any clothing, hospital gowns are positioned correctly, The individual is positioned appropriately and the individual is not exposing any part of their body they would not want others to be able to see
- 7.2c Explain why it is important not to disclose anything about the individual that they may wish to be kept private, unless it is appropriate to do so. This could include: Health condition, Sexual orientation, Personal history, Social circumstances
- 7.2d Report any concerns they have to the relevant person. This could include: Senior member of staff, Carer, Family member
- 7.3 Support an individual’s right to make choices
- 7.3a Describe ways of helping individuals to make informed choices
- 7.3b Explain how risk assessment processes can be used to support the right of individuals to make their own decisions
- 7.3c Explain why personal views must not influence an individual’s own choices or decisions
- 7.3d Describe why there may be times when they need to support an individual to question or challenge decisions made about them by others
- 7.4 Support individuals in making choices about their care
- 7.4a Demonstrate how to support individuals to make informed choices
- 7.4b Ensure any risk assessment processes are used to support the right of individuals to make their own decisions
- 7.4c Ensure their own personal views do not influence an individual’s own choices or decisions
- 7.4d Describe how to report any concerns they have to the relevant person. This could include: Senior member of staff, Carer, Family member
- 7.5 Understand how to support active participation
- 7.5a Describe the importance of how valuing people contributes to active participation
- 7.5b Explain how to enable individuals to make informed choices about their lives
- 7.5c List other ways they can support active participation
- 7.5d Describe the importance of enabling individuals to develop skills in self-care and to maintain their own network of friends within their community
- 7.6 Support the individual in active participation in their own care
- 7.6a Demonstrate that they can support the active participation of individuals in their care
- 7.6b Reflect on how their own personal views could restrict the individual’s ability to actively participate in their care
- 7.6c Report any concerns to the relevant person. This could include: Senior member of staff, Carer, Family member
NOTE: This standard may look rather long but there is a lot of repetition and crossover with other standards.