LO 1 ‘Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice’
1.1 When people interact with each other each has a Duty of Care towards the others.
Duty of care means exercising a reasonable degree of attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to other people.
1.2 How Duty of Care safeguards Children and Young People
Children and young people depend on adults to care for them in ways that protect them from harm whether physical or psychological. In my work with young people we safeguard children and young people in various ways.
Carrying out risk assessments in my setting and taking precautions to avoid potential hazards which might lead to harm to the children and young people either by accidents or by the spreading of infection.
Setting clear expectations and boundaries for children’s behaviour, and using strategies to discourage behaviour that may harm or distress others.
Observing children and young people and assessing their development, being alert to an indications that their progress is not as broadly expected of their age so that relevant action can be taken.
Understanding the other ways in which children and young people can be abused by others, being aware of the signs that a child may be experiencing harm and following appropriate procedures if abuse is suspected.
LO 2 Know how to address conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between an individual’s rights and the duty of care
2.1 Examples of potential conflict or dilemmas between duty of care and a young person’s rights
Not being able to enjoy activities i.e. not being able to stay up to watch television
Not being able to stay in bed all day
Dilemmas is giving rise to a situation where all parties concerned will not be satisfied with the result and may include: a child has or begins to climb a bookcase a child demands