...where every child is a valued individual

To be treated with dignity and respect means:

  • Addressing every child with respect; never referring to or about as if they are their disability, nor as if they are one of their needs, nor as if they are a piece of equipment
  • Involving the children in conversation; never talking about children as if they were not there
  • Respecting every child’s privacy at all times and in all places
  • Treating all information about children carefully, keeping it safe and sharing it only with those people who need to know; never discussing personal information about one child in the presence of another child
  • involving children in decisions that affect them: actively encouraging children to express their views and where these cannot be taken into account, then explaining why
  • Giving opportunities for the children to make their own choices