ASESSMENT 1 40658/01
1.1- Duty of care is a legal responsibility which is usually compulsory on an individual person, this requires them to stick to a reasonable care whilst taking on the responsibly to perform any acts of duty that could harm others. Duty of care involves being responsible for the wellbeing of young people in your care and show due care and attention to minimise the possibility of harm. It is important to put the wellbeing of the young person at the centre of everything we do in order to meet minimum standards.
1.2- Taking into account the meaning of duty of care and the implementation of this it will defiantly have a huge affect on my role. It will affect every single minute I am working with children. While working with children we all safeguard them in many ways, for example I would carry out observations and assess their development so if they are not developing at norms I will then take appropriate actions which may involve other professionals and they will then take action and solve the situation. I will also make sure to carry out risk assessments in the setting and take precautions to avoid any hazards that may harm children through accidents or spreading infections. Setting out clear expectations and boundaries for children’s behaviour and use different strategies to put off behaviour which may harm or distress others, according to the stage of development of each child, also by professionals being aware of any signs that a child may be harmed or abused by others, and following the right procedures if the following things are suspected, so the right action can be taken whether it involves parents or other professional. There are many ways to contribute to the safeguarding or protection of individuals and there are many procedures and legislations out there that are there to protect professionals, children and others for example the Human Rights Act (1998).
2.1- Balanced approaches must be taken in deciding which has more priority in certain circumstances. All children have rights such as those set out in the UN Convention on the Right of a Child. The Children Act (1989) states that it’s the welfare of the child that is paramount and the law gives priority to children’s rights, overriding those of parents. People in work settings who work with the children must recognise parent’s responsibilities. While involving duty of care you must be sensitive to the ways in which intervening in the lives of children and families this could bring you in to conflict with their rights and responsibilities. Practitioners must always balance duty and desire to keep children safe with avoiding situations where they would intrude into children’s lives in ways that breach their rights and responsibilities of their parents. For example at my placement there are Muslim families which do not celebrate Christmas so a conflict may arise if the Muslim children have to take part in a Christmas play this may cause confusion and the children may feel left out as the parents might not want their children to take part in the play, this may be hard for the practitioner as it is not the children’s choice as they are young but professionals have to respect the beliefs of the parents and have to put up with by their wishes.
2.2- You may get additional support and advice about conflicts and dilemmas on the internet, by asking other professionals, reading books and by using many more resources and research. The Trade Union’s role is to look after the interests of their members, recognize the advantages of working in partnership with employers, discuss any concerns you have with your employer, accompany you to disciplinary or grievance hearings, represent you in collective bargaining over your pay and your terms and conditions of employment, talk to your employer to try and find agreements to resolve any workplace issues and engage with your employer to develop best practice in various workplace areas, such as...
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