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Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

1. It is vital that when working with within childcare settings to not only understand that you have a duty of care in you work role but also how to effectively implement the duty of care into everything that you do. Duty of care means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working of your employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends, family and property As a nursery practitioner I am accountable for the way in which I exercise authority; manage risks; use resources and protect pupils from discrimination and any avoidable harm. I have a duty to keep my pupils safe and protect them from any physical and emotional harm. This duty is in part exercised through the development of respectful caring and professional relationship between staff and pupils and the behaviour from staff is what demonstrates integrity maturity and good judgement. When we as individuals accept the role of working children we then have to understand and acknowledge the responsibilities and trust which is inherited with that role. Employers also have a duty of care towards us as employees under the Health And Safety at Work Act 1974 which requires them to provide a safe working environment for staff and guidance about safe working practices. This act also imposes a duty on the employees to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their actions or failings. In this respect the duty of care towards both staff and children can be demonstrated through the use of these guidelines. An employer’s duty of care and the staff’s duty of care towards the children should not conflict. 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...
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