Brighton Hill Community School

32. Intimate Care

Information & Policies

Published on - 12-02-2015

Brighton Hill Community School is an inclusive comprehensive school and is committed to meeting the needs of all of the students. It takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the students in its care.

Intimate care can be defined as any care which involves washing, touching or carrying out a procedure to intimate personal areas which most people usually carry out themselves but some children are unable to do because of their young age, physical difficulties or other special needs.  Examples include care associated with continence and menstrual management as well as more ordinary tasks such as help with washing, toileting or dressing.
It also includes supervision of students involved in intimate care.

Objective: To safeguard the dignity, rights and well-being of students.

This policy applies to all staff – teaching and support staff
The lead managers for the application and monitoring of this policy is the Deputy Headteacher and the Flexible Learning Centre Manager

Best Practice
All students will be supported to take care of their personal intimate care needs.
Students with particular disabilities or medical conditions requiring intimate care will have a written Health Care Plan agreed by staff, parents / carers and any other professionals actively involved, such as school nurses or physiotherapists.  These plans will include a full risk assessment to address issues such as moving and handling, or personal safety.
Where a Health Care plan is not in place, parents/carers will be informed the same day if their child has needed help meeting intimate care needs, this information should be treated as confidential and communicated in person by telephone or sealed letter.
In line with the School Confidentiality policy sensitive information will be shared only with those who need to know.

Child Protection
Brighton Hill Community School recognises that students with special needs and disabilities are particularly vulnerable to all types of abuse.
From a child protection perspective it is acknowledged that intimate care involves risks for students and adults as it may involve touching private parts of a child’s body.  Best practice will be promoted and adults will be encouraged to be vigilant at all times.
If a member of staff has any concerns about physical changes in a student e.g. unexplained marks, bruises, soreness etc. s/he will immediately report concerns to the CPLO.
If a child makes an allegation against an adult working at the School, the procedures in the Child Protection policy will be followed.

Medical Procedures
Students with disabilities may require assistance with invasive or non-invasive medical procedures.  These procedures will be discussed with parents/carers, documented in the Health Care Plan and will only be carried out by staff who have been trained to do so.
Any member of staff who administers first aid will be appropriately trained with a current certificate of training.
Students who require physiotherapy whilst at School should have this carried out by a trained physiotherapist.  If it is agreed in the Health Care Plan that a member of School staff should undertake part of the therapy, and then the required technique must be demonstrated by the physiotherapist personally, written guidance given and updated regularly.

Links with Other Agencies
Positive links with other agencies will enable School based plans to take account of knowledge, skills and expertise of other professionals and will ensure the student’s well-being.
The school nurse will be informed of all specific SEN students requiring intimate care.

Environmental Advice
Intimate care facilities include a Disabled toilet located in the PE corridor and showers in the PE changing rooms.
Additional considerations include:
Soft clinical waste disposal
Facilities with hot and cold running water
Disposable protective gloves and hand sanitising gel
Feminine care bins in all toilet blocks
Items of sanitary wear

Links to other Policies
Child Protection policy
Safeguarding policy
Health and Safety
First Aid policy
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy
Information Sharing and Confidentiality policy
Procedures for Protected Disclosures (“Whistle blowing”)

Monitoring And Review Procedure For This Policy Is As Follows:
The Lead Manager will prepare an annual report for the Headteacher outlining the School’s operation with respect to the needs of students with regard to intimate care.
This policy will be reviewed annually.

Last Ratified: March 2015
Next review: March 2017