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Dignity in care
Everyone has the right to have a good experience of care when they need it. People should expect a care system where there is a zero-tolerance approach to the abuse of, and disrespect towards, older people.
As part of working towards this goal, the Dignity in Care Campaign was launched in November 2006. The campaign aims to stimulate a national debate around the need for people receiving care services to be treated with dignity and respect.
The dignity challenge
As part of the Dignity in Care Campaign, health and social care organisations have been asked to meet the dignity challenge. This states that high quality care services that respect people's dignity should:
Part of the work we are doing to meet this challenge is to ask care organisations in North Yorkshire to sign up to our dignity in care charter.
North Yorkshire's dignity in care charter
The dignity in care charter underlines what a person can reasonably expect when they need and use care and support services in North Yorkshire. It is a public statement, which care providers and commissioners of services in the County are being encouraged to sign up to.
It has been created by North Yorkshire County Council, the Independent Care Group and other partners. Together, we want to ensure that people enjoy the dignity and respect to which they are entitled. For more information and to download a copy of the charter, see the North Yorkshire's dignity in care charter page.
We are also asking people to become Department of Health dignity in care champions.
Dignity in care champions
A dignity champion is someone who believes that being treated with dignity is a basic human right. They believe that care services must be compassionate, centred on the person receiving the care, as well as efficient. They are also willing to try to do something to achieve this.
More than two million health and social care staff in the UK work around the clock to provide support and care for those in need. So far, around 11,000 of them have signed up to be dignity champions. This includes more than 200 in North Yorkshire.
You can sign up as a dignity in care champion via the Dignity in Care network website.
Dignity in care - frequently asked questions