Assessment criteria 1.1
A duty of care is a legal obligation, which means as employers and employees we must look after the wellbeing of our staff and students protecting them from harm, negligence and maintaining health and safety regulations.
Assessment criteria 1.2 duty of care contributes to safeguarding and the protection of the individuals in many ways, this being from following health and safety regulations ensuring the individual is safe from any risks that may occur which can be avoided e.g. tripping hazards, slips, dangerous situations.
Duty of care also contributes to safeguarding in circumstances where the individual may put themselves in danger/harm, where it is our duty to prevent injuries to themselves e.g. if an individual has locked himself in the bathroom and does not respond, or if and individual has a dangerous item that can cause them harm.
Duty of care also contributes to safeguarding by listening to an individual’s concerns and reporting anything necessary to a member of management.
Assessment criteria 2.1
Potential conflicts or dilemmas may arise between duty of care and the individual’s rights for example:
* An individual may have a concern which they feel they need to discuss but will only tell the staff member if they promise not to tell anyone else. The conflict here is that the individuals rights is that he wants you to keep it secret and only wants to tell you, but as a duty of care we must report anything that may be a danger or harm to that individual.
Assessment criteria 2.2 using the example above if the individual has asked if they can tell me something in private and states they will only say there concern if I keep it a secret, I would inform that individual and say as a duty of care depending on the matter I may have to tell someone, then I would ask if they still want to talk about their concern, if they say no, I would reassure them and say I am always here if