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What is meant by the term ‘Duty of Care?’
We have a duty of care to all of our service users, this means it is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep all of those in our care safe from harm, protect them from abuse and ensure positive well being. Our Employer also has a duty of care to for all staff to make sure our working conditions are safe. How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker? As a social care worker, you have a duty of care to the individuals you provide care for, this means you need to make sure that they are the centre thought of everything you do whilst supporting them. To enable you to fulfil your duty of care you need to make sure you do everything required of you to perform you role, Such as attend and be up to date with all relevant training, up to date and understand all policies and procedures, Wear all relevant PPE, Maintain hygienic practice. Do not take any action that could harm an individual – A basic example of this could be standing on a stool next to a service user to change a light bulb, Would you do this? No because it presents risk to both the service user and yourself such as you falling on the service user, getting electrocuted etc. You must thnk about your actions and the risks they could cause – Risk assess your actions. What having duty of care means for the care giving organisation? Duty of care in our residential setting means that the service users and staff are protected, codes of practice are implemented and in turn making the home a safe environment to be in, For example relevant training carried out, safety checks, supervisions, safe storage of chemicals and products. How duty of care contributes to safeguarding individuals?
In out roles we have a duty to raise any concerns we have, these could include poor care standards, poor working conditions, suspected abuse and ill treatment, ensuring no harm comes to those we care for. These are all part of our...
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