SHC 34: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role:
A duty of care is to make sure that you are paying a certain amount of attention to everyone you are working with including; mangers, children and parents, making sure they are happy and satisfied and you take caution to avoid negligence that will lead to harm others. It also includes keeping up to date on training and making sure you wear the correct equipment supplied to you which you change regularly if needed.
Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals:
Everyone has a duty to care to raise any concerns about a child or even the work place itself. This can include: Poor working conditions, Poor equipment, Poor practice by other staff, Raising concerns about potential abuse cases, Situations of neglect, Health and safety risks, example: exposed wires and plugs out in reach of the children and bad language from employees.
All these potential problems are to be identified in a risk assessment before the children are allowed in the building. Without this you are not safeguarding the children and not following the duty of care you have to your setting. If you have witnessed any of these things or have an issue with anything you are to report it to your supervisor/manager.
Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights:
Some people may want to do something that could be a risk to their health and safety. As we all have a duty of care to everyone including that one person, we must do all we can to keep them safe, but we also need to respect their choices. It could be that a child who has muscular dysfunction in their arm has decided that they want to play more sports that include using their hands and arms, however their parents has asked for them...
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