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Shc34-1.1 Explain What It Means to Have a Duty of Care in Own Work Role

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SHC34-1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role.

A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others. A definition from Wikipedia

Examples how we do this in my setting.

Within our setting we carry out daily checks to ensure that the environment inside and outside is safe before the morning session starts.

We have daily cleaning rotas to ensure the session is clean and we are stopping the spread of infection.

Ensuring that staff has been trained in first Aid and that we have the right equipment. To complete accident forms when an accident occurs and getting the parent/carer to sign to say there have been made aware.

Body forms to indicate if a child comes in from home and the parent/carer tells us of a mark on the child or a member of staff notices a mark on them the form is then signed by the parent/carer at the end of the session.

SHC34-1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.

Assess risk
By ensuring risk assessments are been carried out within a setting to make sure all equipment and toys are safe and the equipment is age appropriate for the children in our care. Assessing the setting and making sure there are no potential hazards like hazard materials being left out or electrical sockets being left uncovered. Ensuring the setting is clean to stop the spread of infection. That food is stored properly to stop cross-infection and the kitchen is always clean to stop the spread of bacteria and germs.

Have boundaries for behaviour
Having set boundaries and clear expectations of what behaviour is expected from the children in our setting. We have are golden rules which we talk about at circle time to reinforce them. During free play we reinforced sharing, turn taking and praise for positive behaviour. By doing this it...