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HNC Social Care Theory for Practice
Assignment 1 Values Essay
Word Count 1510

Within this essay I would like to show my knowledge and understanding of values in social care and how my own personal values link in with them. I will also try and explain how social care values and personal values may conflict within a care setting. Then highlighting the importance of confidentiality, anti discriminatory practice and legislation.

Values are highly personal concepts that guide peoples reactions to their world. A value is a strongly held belief which is desirable and worthy for its own sake. Every individual has their own values which they live there lives by, personal, cultural, social and ethical.

Some of my own personal values in life I would say are respect, privacy to be able to have my own space and respect others wishes for privacy. I also value my children, family, friends being honest and helping others. Most of these values stem from my upbringing and primary socialisation, from family members to making new friends from an early age at nursery. Primary socialisation for a child is very important because it sets the ground work for all future socialisation. My own Primary socialisation came from my parents learning to communicate with others at an early age and also attending nursery school meeting new friends. Then there is Secondary socialisation this learning about different and beliefs later on High School. This also refers to the process of learning what is appropriate behaviour which takes place outside the home. For me Secondary socialisation was when I left primary school and met lots of new friends and started socialising more after school joining clubs and learning new activities making me feel more confident within myself. I have a kind and patient nature and was brought up to respect my elders and have good manners always saying please and thank you. These values are important to me in my work within the care centre for elderly residents. Always trying to make sure they are treated fairly as individuals, maintaining their dignity this could be encouraging a resident to wash their on face, privacy this could be closing their room curtains when getting dressed or undressed. Also giving individuals choices of what they would like to eat at meal times or taking part in daily activities, this promoting independence where possible, respecting their decisions, and treating everyone equally making sure no one is being discriminated against.

Personal values and social care values could conflict with in a social care setting. It is important to recognise conflicts in values and work constructively to resolve them. (Hand Book TFSCP vol.1 2006) A conflict could easily arise with a resident with Alzheimer's living in a care centre and a member of care staff. The resident may want to leave the care centre and go home as they are confused and don't remember that they now live in care centre. The values in conflict here are the residents choice and the carer trying to promote Safety. I n this situation if the resident becomes anxious and adamant about leaving , care staff should remain calm and do their best by trying to reassure the individual by talking to them and make sure they feel safe and secure, within the surroundings of the care centre. Also checking the residents care plan on a daily basis to ensure individuals needs are being met and note any changes that may have been made. The importance of Health and Safety training at work is to ensure all members of staff are knowledgeable and to take reasonable care not to put other individuals at risk. Without correct levels of training you will not be allowed to carry out certain tasks relating to Health and Safety e.g. Moving and Handling, Emergency First Aid and Fighting Fire . Health and Safety Policies and procedures pertaining to The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are kept in all places of work...
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