What is Duty of care?
‘Duty of care is a requirement to exercise a ‘reasonable’ degree of attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to other people’ Penny Tassoni, Children & Young Peoples Workforce Early Learning & Childcare, Heinemann 2010
1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role? As childminders we have a duty of care to protect any children from significant harm, we do this by: * Ensuring that up to date CRB Checks are carried out and held for ourselves, any assistants we may have and each person, over 16 years, residing in the property where the childcare will be provided. * Having appropriate insurance especially for childminding purposes. * Providing a safe and nurturing environment by performing regular risk assessments and ensuring that any necessary actions are carried out as soon as possible. * Attending regular training sessions, such as safeguarding and first aid, in order to ensure that our knowledge and understanding is kept up to date and any changes to legislation are implemented. * Keeping within the ratio of numbers as set by Ofsted.
* Providing written policies and procedures to all parents upon commencement of childcare, ensuring these are reviewed annually and any changes are promptly updated. * Keeping an accurate record of any accidents/incidents that may occur or any concerns we may have for the child’s welfare. * Observing, planning and providing activities for children where they are able to exercise safe risk taking experiences, and learn behavioural boundaries. * Seeking professional support or advice from and liaising with the relevant associations should we have any safeguarding or development concerns. * Logging and promptly responding to any complaints or allegations made against us or any other person living, working or visiting the childcare setting.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. The duty of care that we provide enables us to safeguard and protect children by ensuring that any concerns of abuse are promptly recognised, recorded and any support required obtained, children’s behavioural issues that may cause harm or distress to others are discouraged and children are cared for in a safe environment where they cannot come to any harm. In order to safeguard ourselves against allegations of abuse childminders must ensure that they, and any other person, over 16 years, that may come into contact with the child, have been CRB Checked. Accidents and incidents must be well documented and signed by the child’s parent/carer to ensure that they are fully aware of any injuries to their child.
2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights? There are many situations in a childminding setting that could cause conflicts or dilemmas between the duty of care and an individual’s rights to arise. For example a dilemma may arise should we suspect a safeguarding issue for a child in our care, we may feel uneasy talking to the child’s parents/carers about our concerns or we may be unsure when we need to notify other agencies for support and advice and if this will breach the confidentiality of the child. Any allegations made could create a conflict between ourselves, a child’s parent/carer and any other agencies involved. It is important to remember that if you ever suspect a risk to the welfare of a child you must share them, it is much better to be edge on the side of caution than to hope the problem goes away.
Other dilemmas that could occur in our setting are:
* The ways which the behaviour of a child is managed whilst in our care, against parent’s wishes,...