The Quality and Purpose of Care Standard


  1. Bedroom Furniture, Facilities, Equipment and Decoration
  2. Bedroom Security and Keys
  3. Staff Presence in Bedrooms
  4. Visiting and Sharing Rooms
  5. Alarms and Monitoring Devices

1. Bedroom Furniture, Facilities, Equipment and Decoration

Children's bedrooms should be pleasantly furnished, equipped and decorated in a manner appropriate to their individual needs, interests and choices.

Children should be encouraged to personalise their bedrooms, with posters, pictures and personal items of their choice.

Children of an appropriate age and level of understanding should be encouraged and supported to purchase furniture, equipment or decorations; preferably as part of a plan to prepare the child for independence.

2. Bedroom Security and Keys

Children should have appropriate lockable storage for their belongings and medicines (if they are permitted to administer their own).

If it is necessary to do so, for example to protect children or their belongings or to develop their sense of independence, bedrooms may be fitted with locks or other forms of security. If locks are fitted, keys may be made available to children.

3. Staff Presence in Bedrooms

Children's privacy should be respected.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, staff should knock the door before entering children's bedrooms; and then only enter with their permission.

The exceptional circumstances where staff may have to enter a child's bedroom without knocking or asking permission are as follow:

  • To wake a heavy sleeper, undertake cleaning, return or remove soiled clothing. In these circumstances, the child should have been told/warned that this may be necessary;
  • To take necessary action, including forcing entry, to protect the child or others from injury or to prevent likely damage to property. The taking of such action is a form of physical intervention.
See Use of Restraint and Physical Interventions Procedure and Searching Children / Bedrooms Procedure.

4. Visiting and Sharing Rooms

Children should have separate bedrooms, though it may be appropriate for siblings of the same sex to share. Any request to change or share a bedroom should be given serious consideration by the home’s manager.

Children may not receive visitors in their bedrooms unless has been agreed by their social worker, the child's views and wishes have been obtained and considered and the arrangements are outlined in the relevant Placement Plan.

5. Alarms and Monitoring Devices

The placing authority must give consent in writing to any monitoring or surveillance in the home. The use of CCV is regulated by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the Surveillance Camera Code of Conduct (Home Office 2013).

If agreed,┬áthe home should seek as far as possible to maintain a domestic rather than ‘institutional’ impression.

To ensure the safety of young person or others, it may be appropriate to monitor exit and entry from a child's bedroom outside of normal waking hours with the use of a silent alarm that is triggered when a door is opened.

Such devices may only be used if outlined in the home's Statement of Purpose and the arrangements set out in relevant children's Placement Plans.

If used, every effort must be made to ensure the child's privacy, dignity and rights whilst the system is in use.

  • Their use is assessed on an individual basis and agreed to in the Care Plan by a social worker;
  • The child is made fully aware of their use and the reasons why the decision is made;
  • The use of the door alarms is reviewed regularly as to their appropriateness of use.