1.1 Define person-centred values.
1.2 Explain why it is important to work in away that embeds person centred values.
The underlying purpose of “Person-centred values” is to ensure that the individual needing care is placed at the very centre of the decision making process about their life, the services and support they want and need.
Therefore, under this strict system, the person is always placed at the very centre of the planning of the care programme required, in that he or she will always be consulted and that his or her views will always come first. Therefore the plan is tailor-made to that particular person, and it should include all aspects of care, from the Social and Health Services, from that individual’s family and from the voluntary sector.
This is the current policy and it applies to those people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, and physical disabilities, to older people who need support, and to young people making their transition to adulthood.
To place the person at the centre certain values must be upheld: Individuality (everyone's differences must be recognised and respected), Choice (for individuals to be able to make own choices and be in control of own life), Privacy (information and activities must be kept confidential), Independence (empowering individuals to do activities for themselves) and dignity (be treated in a respectful way).
It is vital for the social care worker to work using these precise methods to establish the needs and wishes of the individual. This will also mean that individuals will feel empowered and in control of their lives, be more confident about making decisions, will feel valued and respected.
1.3 Explain why risk taking can be part of a person centred approach.
The person centred approach to risk includes making an assessment with the people involved in the plan such as the individual, their relatives and other professionals.