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 will discourage which may harm or cause distress to the other children in our care. Some other child may have individual education plan (IEP) for their behaviour which may use different strategies for example picture for now and next to help prepare them for what going to happen next.

Observe and assess the children
By observing our children in our care we be able to assess if there progress and development is in line with what is expect for their age. If this is not the case then in partnership with the parents/carer we could access other professional agencies that could help the individual child. To ensure no access is given to carers until CRB checks have been carried out. Ask the children if it is ok for me to watch you while you play. Changing the children ensure other children move away and you don’t use words that would belittle the child.

Ensure children are not abused by other
Knowing that children can be at risk from abuse form others and if we notice the signs that a child could be at risk to follow the procedures in place to help protect them. Within our setting we have an open plan areas and no door on the bathroom so staff can be always seen. Noting down what a child has said word for word and not asking questions and passing it on to your manager. Ensuring that children play a part in keeping themselves safe for example Stranger danger and being able to say no to strangers.

SHC34-2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual's rights.

Allowing children to take risks
Keeping children safe and allowing them to explore their environment with guidance is important we as practitioners cannot stop children from taking risk because this will stop children from learning how to predict risk and foresee dangerous situations. This will help them learn an important life skill. We have to make sure the risk is age appropriate and within or just outside their development ability. Some...
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