Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in
Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young
Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
1 All children, especially babies and young children are vulnerable as they have not as yet developed their physical and cognitive ability to care for themselves, so they need adults to care and protect them. All children practitioners have a duty of care towards children, it is human nature to care for one another, children need a degree of attention and caution to avoid negligence which could lead to the harm of the child or others. The younger the child the more vulnerable the child, and will need greater duty of care, babies and the under 3’s are fully dependent on adults to keep them from harm and negligence. As a children’s practitioner you need the skills to foresee and avoid potential dangers, as well as knowing how to cope with them, to teach the child that their actions may hurt or upset others, and have good communication skills to be able to explain to a child coming from their age-group ability how others may be doing harm to them, and that this is wrong, and how we can protect, care and help them.
You can safeguard and protect children through duty of care by:- a)
by carrying out risk assessments in your setting, and taking precautions to avoid potential hazards which could lead to harm of the children such as through accidents, or the spreading of infections, eg: checking that safety plugs are inserted into exposed sockets at all times, and when changing babies nappies you can protect yourself and the child from cross contamination by using a changing mat, protective gloves, nappy bags and dispose of the dirty nappy immediately into an external bin, and wash your hands to eliminate harmful bacteria. b)
by setting clear boundaries for the children’s behaviour, and use strategies to discourage unwanted behaviour...
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