Intimate care counts as a reasonable adjustment
‘Intimate care’ means doing tasks involving close personal contact that someone can't do independently. This includes changing nappies and helping a pupil use the toilet.
Providing intimate care counts as a reasonable adjustment for pupils who are not toilet trained, not able to use a toilet independently, or need other help with intimate tasks. This is because failing to do so would infringe upon those pupils’ rights to access education due to a disability, under the Equality Act 2010.
You can see an example of this on page 20 of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance on reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils.
Read these FAQs from Norfolk County Council to find out their definition of intimate care, as well as other useful information.
Who should help pupils with intimate care in school?
You shouldn’t require parents to come into school to provide intimate care. If the pupil has a disability,