Dignity in care awards
We want a care system where there is a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of, and disrespect towards, people who use care services.
We hope this will give dignity in care the attention it deserves and also inspire people to take action.
What is the Dignity Challenge?
The Dignity Challenge is a clear statement of what people can expect from a service that respects dignity.
It is backed up by statements that can be used by providers, commissioners and people who use our services to see how they are performing.
High quality care services that respect people's dignity should:
- Not tolerate any form of abuse.
- Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or one of your family.
- Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service.
- Enable people to have the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
- Listen and support people to express their needs and wants.
- Respect people's right to privacy.
- Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution.
- Engage with family members and carers as care partners.
- Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self esteem.
- Act to relieve people's loneliness and isolation.
Who are we challenging?
- Service providers to ensure their services respect dignity.
- Commissioners to commission only services that respect dignity.
- The public to test how local services measure up and tackle rather than tolerate services that don't respect dignity.
What are the Dignity in Care Awards?
We have our own Dignity in Care Awards.
We will reward the individual (informal or formal carer), volunteer, young person or team or organisation that best demonstrates commitment, competence and best practice around the ten challenges listed above.
See the winners and photos from the awards:
How do I nominate?
Please use our nomination form to nominate someone for a Dignity Award – it’s quick and easy to do.
How can I become a Dignity Champion?
See how you can make a difference to the way local services are delivered.
Sign up online on the Champions Network site.
If you have any questions, or you would prefer to make a nomination in a different format, please contact Alison Hasdell at Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
National Dignity Council
The National Dignity Council exists to shape and influence the work of the Dignity in Care network.
It also campaigns for, and supports Dignity Champions.