UNIT 11 /SHC34
PRINCIPLES FOR IMPLEMENTING DUTY OF CARE IN HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE OR CHILDRENS AND YOUNG PEOPLES SETTINGS TASK 1 TO LEARNING OUTCOME 1 ASSESMENT CRITERIA 1.1, 1.2,
1.1 To have a duty of care means to be accountable for the children and young people in your care by e.g. exercising authority, managing risks, working safely, safeguarding children and young people, monitoring own behaviour and conduct, maintaining confidentiality, storing personal information appropriately, reporting concerns and allegations, making professional judgments, maintaining professional boundaries, avoiding favoritisms, maintaining high standards of conduct outside the professional role. Working with children brings significant duty of care and the younger and more vulnerable the child, the greater the duty of care. Your vigilance and attention keeps young children safe as they develop. Examples how we do this in my setting.
* Within my setting we carry out daily checks to ensure that the environment inside and outside is safe before the morning/afternoon session starts. * We have daily cleaning rotas to ensure the session is clean and we are stopping the spread of infection. * Ensure that all staff have been trained in first Aid and that we have the right equipment and the first aid box is checked * 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. 1.2 Duty of care contributes greatly to the safeguarding of children and young people in your care; you are responsible for their welfare and wellbeing by protecting them from sexual, physical or emotional harm, respecting them and for them to trust you. Protecting them and ensuring their safety in the environment, safe use of resources and equipment, prevention them from intimidation or humiliation, from other children. It is important to set boundaries for acceptable behaviour and use strategies to discourage behaviour that may harm or distress others according to the stage of development of each child. Observing children and assessing their development being alert to any indications that their progress is not as broadly expected for children of their age, this is so the relevant action can be taken in partnership with parents and other professionals. It is also important to protect yourself e.g. against risk of allegation of misconduct or abuse, avoiding risk of accusations or malpractice.
HELEN TANDY: REF No: DG66205
UNIT 11 /SHC34
PRINCIPLES FOR IMPLEMENTING DUTY OF CARE IN HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE OR CHILDRENS AND YOUNG PEOPLES SETTINGS TASK 2 TO LEARNING OUTCOME 2 ASSESMENT CRITERIA 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 2.1 Duty of care is important when working with children, there will be times when this principle seems to conflict with another principle, which is respecting the rights of children and their families. It’s important to take a balanced approach when deciding what has a greater priority in that particular circumstance. Children have rights such as those set out in the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child. Parent’s rights are modified by their responsibilities towards their children. The Children’s Act 1989 made it clear that it is the welfare of the child that is paramount and the law gives priority to children’s rights overriding those of parents. When working with children and young people it is important you acknowledge parents responsibilities and be wary of usurping the role of the parent. It is important to remember you play a temporary part in the children’s/young person’s lives that you care for but their parents have the central and lifelong role. When exercising duty of care you have to be sensitive to ways which you may intervene in the lives of children...
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