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Dignity in care

Dignity in care means providing care that supports the self-respect of the person, recognising their capacities and ambitions, and does nothing to undermine it.

Read this guide, aimed at care providers, managers and staff who work with adults – especially older adults.

It defines the meaning of real everyday dignity to the lives of people receiving social care, their carers, families and friends, as well as the managers and staff who provide it. In effect, this means all of us. It also shows the links between dignity and key policy issues, and relates to Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations at each stage.

Defining dignity in care

What do we mean by dignity in care and how can it help?

Recognising the individual

How we can use person-centred care to provide dignity.

Skills and strengths

What are the benefits of a strengths-based approach?

Information & communication

Discover how communication and involvement supports better care.

Freedom to choose

Explore the FREDA principles and how they relate to social care.


Understand how topics such as equality and GDPR support social care.

Involvement & inclusion

How we can promote and support daily activities to improve care.

Warmth & kindness

This chapter explores providing compassionate care.

A dignified life

A dignified death

Understand what you can do to support someone in death.

Dignity videos

This collection of videos show good practice examples of providing dignity in care.

Support from SCIE

Many aspects of keeping people safe from abuse are complex, and it is important that they are fully understood. See what SCIE can offer to make sure that you and your organisation are aware of good safeguarding practice and your legal duties in this area.