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7.1a Describe what is meant by privacy and dignity

Privacy and dignity are two very important values that you should respect when working in care. Privacy means giving someone space when and where they need it. Dignity means focusing on the value of every individual including:

  • respecting their views, choices and decisions
  • not making assumptions about how they want to be treated
  • working with care and compassion
  • communicating directly with the individual whenever possible

Privacy and dignity are part of the person-centred values discussed in Standard 5. As such, you should get to know the individuals you care for as much as possible so you can learn their privacy and dignity preferences. As with all person-centred values, you should do whatever you can to protect an individual’s privacy and dignity.