Everyone has different values, beliefs and preferences. What you believe in, what you see as important and what you see as acceptable or desirable is an essential part of who you are. [pic]
The way in which you respond to people is linked to what you believe in, what you consider important and what interests you. You may find you react positively to people who share your values and less warmly to people who have different priorities. When you develop friendships, it is natural to spend time with people who share your interests and values. However, the professional relationships you develop with people you support are another matter. As a professional, you are required to provide the same quality of support for all, not just for those who share your views and beliefs. This may seem obvious, but knowing what you need to do and achieving it successfully is not the same thing. Working in the social care sector, you are bound to come across people whose views you do not agree with, and who never seem to understand your point of view. Awareness of differences, your reaction to them and how they affect the way you work is a crucial part of personal and professional development. If you allow your own preferences to dominate your work with people, you will fail to perform to the standards of the Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers set out by the UK regulating bodies. All the codes require care workers to respect and promote people’s individual views and wishes. To make the right responses when there is a clash between your views and those of the people you are working for you have to identify and understand your own views and values.
Everyone’s values and beliefs are affected to different degrees by the same range of factors. Each of us will be influenced to a greater or lesser degree by these layers of influence. As each individual is different, the extent...