The term 'duty of care' has become popular is position descriptions and in courts. It is a way of saying that you are responsible for the welfare of yourself and of others. If you ignore this duty, you are breaking the rules. These rules are set to ensure nobody is missed or forgotten about, and is primarily about preventing accidents. To explain what it means, it means you are responsible for people's well-being. Source(s):
The following link is for the unison handbook ! Copy and paste into your browser/address bar. I hope this helps: http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/13038.pdf
duty of care is a requirement to excercise a reasonable degree of attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to others.your vigilance and attention keeps young children safe as they develop, hope this helps let me know if you need more info but look at NSPCC website x
DUTY OF CARE AND SAFEGUARDING
· 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 pupils. Failure to do this could be regarded as professional neglect. Always act and be seen to act in the child’s best interests. · Duty of care safeguards children by the setting having done risk assessments and precautions taken to avoid accidents or the spreading of infections. 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 you to any problems that may need addressing and the discussions with parents and other professionals. Always listen to what children have to say and take any concerns they may have seriously. hope this gives you a few...
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