Diploma Level 3 Sch34 Part 2

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A duty of care means a person in a specific role has to ensure that others who are in his/her care not harmed in his/her duty. This includes appropriate attention , watching out for potential hazards, preventing mistakes or accidents, and making wise choices about steps undertaken in a role. If we work in nursery or school as a Child care worker then this is our main responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for children . Give children care and support. Ensure they are enjoying school. When we do an activity before starting an activity we have to check that the place is hazard free .

SHC34-1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role.

A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others. A definition from Wikipedia

Examples how we do this in my setting.

Within our setting we carry out daily checks to ensure that the environment inside and outside is safe before the morning session starts.

We have daily cleaning rotas to ensure the session is clean and we are stopping the spread of infection.

Ensuring that staff has been trained in first Aid and that we have the right equipment.   To complete accident forms when an accident occurs and getting the parent/carer to sign to say there have been made aware.

Body forms to indicate if a child comes in from home and the parent/carer tells us of a mark on the child or a member of staff notices a mark on them the form is then signed by the parent/carer


duty of care comes under safeguarding . this includes steps I must take to make sure the children feel safe and secure and protected from neglect or abuse. So they stay safe and healthy. This includes in any activity and the general look after of the child with visitors and home

SHC34-1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.

Assess risk
By ensuring risk assessments are been carried out within a setting to make sure all equipment and toys are safe and the equipment is age appropriate for the children in our care.   Assessing the setting and making sure there are no potential hazards like hazard materials being left out or electrical sockets being left uncovered.   Ensuring the setting is clean to stop the spread of infection.   That food is stored properly to stop cross-infection and the kitchen is always clean to stop the spread of bacteria and germs.

Have boundaries for behaviour
Having set boundaries and clear expectations of what behaviour is expected from the children in our setting.   We have are golden rules which we talk about at circle time to reinforce them.   During free play we reinforced sharing, turn taking and praise for positive behaviour.   By doing this it...


parent’s have responsibility for their child we as practitioner must not usurp that role as we only play a temporary role in their lives, parents have the lifelong role and centre role.

Carers are responsible for their children but sometimes these individuals rights come into conflict with duty of care.

Dietary needs can cause dilemmas if a child has certain dietary needs and these have not been met. Like giving a child pork when it is against their religion to eat that type of meat it is our duty of care that, that child be given their religious dietary needs as its their individual right.

A child with a disability may not be able to access all areas of the preschool like outdoor play or resources, the setting will need to adapt as their individual rights are not being met (article 23 1-2-3, 27, 29, 3).

Risk taking could come as a conflict; children have the right to experiment and expeience challenge which helps them with learning and development. Children need an element of risk to be able to learn risk assessment for...
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