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Intimate Care Policy

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Date by which the school adopted the policy: September 2015

Anticipated review date: July 2017

Signed by Chair of Governors:

Burlington CE Primary School

Intimate Care Policy

This policy represents the agreed principles for intimate care throughout the school.  This policy has been agreed by all staff and governors within the school.


The purpose of this policy is:

 To safeguard the rights and promote the best interests of the children.

 To ensure children are treated with sensitivity and respect and in such a way that their experience of intimate care is a positive one.

 To safeguard adults required to operate in sensitive situations.

 To raise awareness and provide a clear procedure for intimate care.

 To inform parents/carers how intimate care is administered.

 To ensure parents/carers are consulted in the intimate care of their children.


Intimate care is one of the following:

 Supporting a pupil with dressing/undressing.

 Providing comfort or support for a distressed pupil.

 Assisting a pupil requiring medical care, who is not able to carry this out unaided.

 Cleaning a pupil who has soiled him/herself, has vomited or feels unwell.

Supporting dressing/undressing

Sometimes it will be necessary for staff to aid a child in getting dressed or undressed, particularly in Early Years.  Staff will always encourage children to attempt dressing and undressing unaided.

Providing comfort or support

Where children require physical comfort, staff need to be aware that physical contact must be kept to a minimum and be child initiated. If physical contact is deemed to be appropriate, staff must provide care which is suitable to the age,  gender and situation of the child.

Medical Procedures   (See policy on medicines in the health and safety policy)

If it is necessary for a child to receive medicine during the school day parents must fill out a permission form from the school office and discuss their child’s needs with a member of staff before the school agrees to administer medicines or medical care.  It must be made clear to parents that staff administration of medicines is voluntary.


Intimate care for soiling should only be given to a child after the parents have given permission for staff to clean and change the child.  If the parents and emergency contacts cannot be contacted the Head Teacher will be consulted.  Staff will act appropriately and may need to come into some level of physical contact in order to aid the child.   If a child needs to be cleaned, staff will make sure that:

 Protective gloves are worn.

 The procedure is discussed in a friendly and reassuring way with the child throughout the process.

 The child is encouraged to care for him/herself as far as possible.

 Physical contact is kept to the minimum possible to carry out the necessary cleaning.

 Privacy is given appropriate to the child’s age and the situation.

 All spills of vomit, blood or excrement are wiped up and flushed down the toilet.

 Soiled clothing is put in a plastic bag, unwashed, and sent home with the child and parents informed.

 The incident is recorded including the date, name of the child and the reason for changing.


All staff must be familiar with normal precautions for avoiding infection, must follow basic hygiene procedures and have access to protective,  disposable gloves.

Protection for staff

Members of staff need to have regard to the danger of allegations being made against them and take precautions to avoid this risk.   

Safeguards for children

There is an obligation on local authorities to ensure that staff who have substantial, unsupervised access to children undergo police checks.  All staff at Burlington C.E. Primary School are CRB checked on application and cannot undertake tasks within school until all checks are completed satisfactorily.

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