Duty of care is to keep children and young people safe and to protect them from sexual, physical and emotional harm. Children have a right to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity. We as adults must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and well being of children. Failure to do this could be regarded as professional neglect. Always act in the child’s best interests.
Follow the correct procedures if you have any concerns for the child’s well being, set clear boundaries for children depending on age, stage and development and discourage any behaviour, which could result in a child being harmed or upset. Assessments and observations on children can alert me to any problems that may need, listen to what children have to say and take any concerns they may have seriously.
Child protection issues such as a conflict with parents, if you report them and dilemmas that I might come across
There could be conflicts between abuser and carers regarding allegations that are made. This could mean conflicts between me and parent/carer.
Dilemmas such as:
• When to get help regarding child protection issues, (if you do not refer case, the child might continue to suffer abuse) • When to break confidentiality.
• Are you sure the child is at risk. (I believe if you have any concerns regarding any child you should report it, I like the motto better safe than sorry).
I can manage risks associated with conflicts or dilemmas between an individual's rights and the duty of care by recording the conflict or dilemma, risk assessment, discussion with the individuals and or their family.
Additional support and advice can be obtained from family, social worker or other professionals, Policies and procedures and the internet.
I have policies and procedures in place to deal with complaints.