Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role. Duty of Care means that practitioners take on legal responsibilities to safeguard the welfare and well being of the children in their care. This includes appropriate attention, watching out for potential hazards, preventing mistakes or accidents, and making wise choices about steps undertaken in a role. Every child should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. My responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within my job role to make this happen. The level of duty of care depends on who you are caring for, a high duty of care would be those who have a limited ability to care for themselves like younger children. Duty of care should include: Keeping an individual safe
To keep an individual free from harm
To give choice
When working with children it brings a significant duty of care and you must always be able to recognise this so that you can see the ability to force and cope with potential dangers. With young children in your care you have a duty to protect them from harm, whether it’s physical or psychological. A duty of care is about what a person in a specific role has to do to ensure that others are taken care of and not harmed during a particular task. This involves: Giving appropriate attention
Watching out for potential hazards
Preventing mistakes or accidents
Making wise choices about steps undertaken in a role.
Carry out risk assessments.
Being aware of the signs a child may be being abused.
Example how I do this in my setting:
Within my setting myself or another colleague will carry out daily checks to ensure that the environment inside and outside is safe before my work starts. To make sure that tables are clean before snack and dinner time. To make sure that there is warm soapy water in the toilets and that it is changed regularly. To make sure if there’s any spillage on the floor either in the nursery or in the toilet to clean it up. If the parent of the child can’t pick them up, we have to make sure we write it down in the red book the name of the adult that is picking the child up and get the parent just to sign it. Ensuring that staff has been trained in first Aid and that we have the right equipment. To complete accident forms when an accident occurs and getting the parent to sign to say there have been made aware. Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. Having a duty of care should guarantee the safeguarding of children in my care.
Risk Assessments – carrying out and reviewing risk assessments for all of the activities we do and places we visit ensures that thought and concern is given to how we do things every day, this way I ensure risks concerning equipment, venues and activities are minimised and therefore reducing the risk of injury or harm to the children and myself. Recognising potential hazards and reducing them, this could include infectious diseases too.
Policies and Procedures – having clear rules and boundaries ensures that both adults and children (who are able to understand) know how to conduct themselves within the setting, by this I mean not behaving in ways that could cause distress or harm to others within the setting.
Following Legislation – by law such as health and safety and safeguarding, I am working within the law which is there to protect children and those who work with children.
Understanding signs of neglect/abuse – as a child care professional, I have a duty of care to all children that should I notice any signs/indicators of abuse or neglect that I report it the relevant third parties to protect the child. It is important that I understand and that I am able to recognise these signs/indicators.
Making observations and assessing children – by doing this I am able to check to see if individual children are progressing and developing at...
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