SHC 34 - Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings. 1.1.
Working with children has a significant amount of Duty of Care. Duty of Care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care when performing any acts that could cause harm to others. Everybody working with children, whether it’s paid work or volunteering, had a duty of care to keep children and young people safe and free from harm. This involves giving appropriate attention and care so that we are keeping all children safe. We have a duty to recognise potential hazards and make steps into lowering the risks. As part of our duty of care we have to put the wellbeing of the young person as the centre of anything that we may do. Duty of care means making wise choices about steps undertaken in a role so that you are doing the best for each child and helping to prevent mistakes and accidents happening.
The duty of care contributes to the safe guarding or protection of individuals because we are responsible for the wellbeing of the children and young people in our care. We must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. This means that we must promote the good health of the children, take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses, and take appropriate action when they are ill. It also means that we should help manage the children’s behaviour effectively and in a manner suitable for their stage of personal development and particular individual needs. We must ensure that the adults looking after children, or who are having unsupervised access to them, are suitable and safe to do so.
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