Personal and Social Care Values

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My own personal and social care values will influence the provision of care that i will provide within my working role. It will be essential when working with service users that i am aware of my personal feelings, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs. Being aware of these can help minimise the risk of prejudice, discrimination and unfair treatment towards others.

I value individualization, being your own person and expressing your feelings, as a care worker it is essential to value individual rights, it is the duty and moral obligation of care workers to protect the service users and their rights to be protected from danger and abuse. A value is a strongly held belief which is desirable and worthy for its own sake, i have reinforced my values through my socialisation agents, mainly with my peer group and employers. It is now clearer to me how i act when i am with others and the influences upon me, and how greatly it can affect my life. I believe i am the person i am today due to both nature (inheritated characteristics) and nurture (the environment which people grow and develop) a combination of both these factors. My primary socialisation has prepared me for my adult role, for taking a responsible and acceptable part in society.

For social care workers an understanding of socialisation is essential. John Bowlby (1965) argued that children deprived of emotional stability failed in all sorts of ways. They were often unable to form relationships later in life.

I would relate my own experiences to the Humanistic perspective which is associated with the work of Carl Rodgers (1902 -1987) and Abraham Maslow (1908 -1987)........ It assumes that all human beings are unique, rational, and self determining, and that they continuously strive to grow and develop. Taking this quote into account i had my basic needs, safety, security, emotional and social wellbeing satisfied which provided me with a basis for growth and to realise my “full potential” and to reach self-actualisation, i have been fortunate to have the correct environment which has allowed me to develop and grow.

Rodgers believed the each individual has within himself a strong tendency to grow and develop and ultimately to reach the maximum potential of which he is capable in life. This actualising tendency is present from birth onwards and can be described as a motivating force or drive the purpose of which is to enable the person to achieve wholeness. It is important to have an understanding of the self concept in relation to the person-centred approach since it is related to the persons perception or image of attitudes expressed by family and significant others, if early experiences are good or positive then a child is likely to develop a positive self-concept, on the other hand, if these experiences are negative egg, if the child is constantly criticised or does not receive much love then the child is likely to develop a negative self-concept which is likely to be carried on to adulthood.

There are a number of other factors that can impede a person’s development such as social factors which prevent people being all they can be. Discrimination in society can severely disable a person’s life chances and can prevent a person from reaching their full potential. Discrimination is based on negative assumptions that are made by others on one aspect of a person’s identity, people are not seen as the whole person, they may experience many forms of discrimination due to their age, race, health, disability, language, sexual orientation, culture, and class, gender, and employment skills.

Anti-discriminatory practice includes our own self-awareness, it is a clear understanding of prejudice and discrimination and to learn a variety of methods that may combat or eliminate any form of discrimination that we may encounter within our organisations.

Individuals and care agencies can counter practice anti-discriminatory by promoting equal opportunities and valuing...
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