The 'Dignity in Care' campaign was officially launched today by my colleague Rose Williams, as she said the health and wellbeing of vulnerable residents is the highest priority for the council. I know from family experience the importance of people being treated with dignity when they are vulnerable whether from age or another reason. The local Dignity charter is I think a real step forward and I hope that voluntary sector and private providers will embrace it.
A special event was held today in the Kennet Room at the Civic Centre. The Council invited care providers to come along to the event where they will take part in dignity workshops and be given a resource pack to help them embed high dignity standards at their organisations. The invitees will also be encouraged to send care workers to relevant training courses, provided by the Council, to further improve dignity in care.
The highlight of the event will be the signing of Reading's new local Dignity Charter, which asks carer providers to commit to 12 specific pledges, which include: Having a zero tolerance to abuse, respecting and preserving privacy and confidentiality and enabling the maximum possible level of independence, informed choice and control.
The Council will also be asking care providers to complete an annual assessment to make sure that best practices are implemented at their organisations and that they are meeting the specific charter pledges. This will be monitored by council officers.