Championing dignity in care

By on 24/02/2010 in News

To mark Dignity Action Day on Thursday 25th February, a group of people from Birmingham who have learning disabilities will receive training on becoming Dignity Champions.

 Led by the Government in partnership with many organisations that provide care, the Dignity in Care campaign was established in 2006, with an initial focus on older people. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the need for people who receive care services to be treated with dignity, and to create a care system where there is a zero-tolerance approach to the abuse or disrespect of people in care.

 In support of this campaign, people across the country from all walks of life are signing up as Dignity Champions. Dignity Champions are people who believe that being treated with dignity isn't an optional extra, it's a basic human right. Champions aim to work in partnership with care providers to improve the quality of services.

 Dignity Champions include health and social care managers and frontline staff. They also include MPs, councillors, non-executive directors, members of local action groups and Local Involvement Networks, and people from voluntary and advocacy organisations. People who use care services, their relatives and carers, as well as members of the public, are also becoming Dignity Champions.

 Belinda Dooley, Valuing People lead, at Birmingham City Council, comments:

“Fundamental to Valuing People Now is to enable people with learning disabilities to truly take their place in society as equal citizens with the same opportunities as all others. To progress this, responsibility needs to be shared across many stakeholders. I am confident that we are not only inspiring young people with learning disabilities to speak up about the issue of dignity in care, we are also providing a model of good practice for other Local Authorities”.

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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