'Dignity' can be a difficult term to define. This is because dignity means different things to different people and can cover a wide range of topics. We believe that dignity is about ensuring that people in care are treated with dignity and respect in adult social care whatever the setting.
The 2006 the Department of Health sought views from members of the public and health and social care staff to help identify examples where services did not treat people with dignity and respect. The study categorised the examples into four main areas, the environment that care and support being provided in, attitudes and behaviour of workers, the culture of care within the organisation and in care activities. Whilst poor service must always be challenged to ensure service respects people's dignity, we should not forget there are many examples of good practice.
On completion of this Virtual College course learners will have covered these learning objectives:
- Understand how the people we support might feel when not treated with dignity and respect
- Know what constitutes best practise when providing services with dignity and respect
- Understand why inappropriate staff attitudes and practices must be challenged
- Ensure all staff working in adult social care employ best practise
- Understand the ten key aspects of the Department of Health’s Dignity Challenge
- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- Definition of Dignity
- Safeguarding and Dignity
- Social Policy, Legislation & Summary
The content of this Virtual College course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This course is aimed at anyone working with adults in a social care setting, alongside other providers of public services for example hospitals, care homes or community support services.