Duty of Care

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1) Explain what it means to have a duty of care in your own work role (1.1)

Duty of care means:-
• To keep individuals safe
• To keep individuals free from harm
• To give choice

Duty of care is a key concept in working with other human beings. It is a legal term for safeguarding yourself and others.

Adults with learning difficulties are often vulnerable as they are yet to develop the physical and cognitive capacity to fully care for themselves; they need care and protection from people around them. Health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm.

‘Duty of care’ means a requirement to exercise a ‘reasonable’ degree of attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to other people. Working with adults with learning difficulties brings a significant duty of care and we need to recognise that the more vulnerable the person the greater the duty of care. Your vigilance and attention keeps adults with learning difficulties safe.

2) Explain how Duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals (1.2)

Duty of care is to keep adults with learning difficulties, children and young people safe and to protect them from sexual, physical and emotional harm. Everyone has the right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity. We as carers must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we care for. Failure to do this could be regarded as professional neglect. Always act and be seen to act in the persons best interests. Duty of care safeguarding protects adults with learning difficulties by the setting having done risk assessments and precautions taken to avoid accidents or the spreading of infections. Following the correct procedures if you have any concerns which could result in the person you are caring for being...
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