Unit 4222-304 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings. Assignment – Short Answer Questions
1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in your work role.
Duty of care is defined as ‘legal obligation to take reasonable care to avoid causing damage’. Duty of care in my role at work includes keeping the children safe and away from harm at all times whilst under my care but also to allow them to take risks and learn from their own experiences as well. My duty of care also includes making sure the children look presentable for school, attending school, make sure they have adequate clothing/bedding, keep them away from alcohol and drugs and prevent them from absconding. The safety of the children is the main priority of my job role, of course I cannot always prevent all of these things happening for example they are on family contact or if they lie about where they are but I have to follow behaviour management strategies which are laid out in all of the children’s care plans to do my very best for the children.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.
When I work with children and young people my duty of care towards them is a huge responsibility, as I also take on what is known as ‘loco parents’. This means that when a child or young person is in my care, I take on the same responsibilities to ensure their safety and well-being as their own parents. This includes the responsibility to see that children’s rights are promoted and their needs are met.
2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an...