Principles of Implementing the Duty of Care in Health and Social Care in Children and Young People Settings
Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
Duty of care is defined simply as a legal obligation to :
Always act in the best interest of individuals in care and others
Not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm
Act within own competence and not take on anything not believe we can safely do
As a care worker, we owe a duty of care to the people we support, colleagues, employer and ourselves and the public interest. Every one have a duty of care that we cannot opt out of. Peoples we care support should be treated with respect, involved in decision making about their care and treatment and able influence how the service is run. People should receive safe and appropriate care that meets their needs and support their rights. A negligent act could be unintentional but careless or intentional that results in abuse or injury. A negligent act is breaching the duty of care.
2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals
Our duty of care means that we must aim to provide high quality care to the best of our ability and express if there are any reasons may be unable to do so. Professionals act within duty of care must do what a reasonable person, with their training and background, can be expected to do so. It also connected with the areas of carrying and reviewing of risk assessments, which ensuring elimination of hazards, use of equipments and all health and safety guidelines. Policies and procedures sets clear boundaries in safe guarding in social care setting.
The concept of safeguarding, whether it is children or vulnerable adults, is broader than protection. Safeguarding is also about keeping children or vulnerable adults safe from any sort of harm, such as illness, abuse or injury. This means all agencies