As an experienced care worker you have been asked to mentor a new care worker. You plan to use a supervision session to explain about the duty of care and how this helps to protect individuals from harm and abuse.
1. Prepare a set of notes to help you in this supervision session. In these notes, you must include an explanation of:
What is meant by duty of care?
Health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service.
The definition of “duty of care” is a legal obligation and a requirement to work in a way that offers the best interest of a child, young person, or in my case vulnerable adult, in a way which will not be detrimental to the health, safety and wellbeing of that person.
How the duty of care affects the work of a care worker.
Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. Your responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of your job role to make this happen however you must be aware of potential dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights. During your work you may find yourself in situations where the individuals you are supporting do not agree with what you believe is best for them. In situations where there is a conflict of interest or a dilemma between an individual’s rights and your duty of care, it is best practice to make sure the individual is aware of the consequences of their choice and that they have the mental capacity to