Working with children has a significant duty of care. Children who are younger and more vulnerable need greater care. The attention and vigilance of the practioner helps keep them safe as they develop, gives the children understanding to be able to for see ad cope with potential dangers and have an understanding that their actions may hurt and upset others may be doing to them.
The duty of care contributes to the safeguarding and protection of individuals this can be carried out in a variety of ways:-
• Risk assessment both inside and outside,
• Avoiding potential hazards, which could lead to harm through accidents or spreading infections? • Having clear instructions and set boundaries.
• Observing children and assessing their development.
• Working with parents and other professions to aid children’s development. • Hold a relevant safeguarding certificate.
• Have a member of staff who is SENCO trained.
Conflicts and dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individuals rights could be staff having a difference of opinion over a child for example a staff member believing they have signs of abuse and another staff member thinking that they don’t. This could lead to conflict betweens the Childs family/ cares if staff involved other agencies such as social services. Dilemmas could be knowing when to get further help regarding child protection and safeguarding issues for example if you did not refer the case to social services and the child might still continue to suffer abuse. Another dilemma would be knowing when to break confidentiality and share information. If you have any concerns about a child or fell they are at rick you need to share them and report it, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Other dilemmas in our setting could be:-
• Staff falling out