Outcome 1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe Practice
1.) Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
I have a duty of care to ensure that all children under my care and assistants who work alongside me are kept safe from harm. This means I must carry out risk assessments to ensure that their environment is a safe and clean space for them to explore, work and play in. I also teach the children the dangers some of their actions can have on themselves and others and actively encourage both children and assistants I work with to report any dangers they may find in the setting, such as broken toys. I also have a duty of care to safeguard children in recording any unexplained marks or bruising which may give cause for concern and reporting these concerns to Somerset’s Safeguarding Children’s Board if reasonable explanation is not given or I deem it necessary. I also record any accidents or incidents that occur whilst the children are under my care and inform the children’s families of the medical assistance I may have given. Following these accidents/incidents I review how the accident/incident could’ve been prevented and address these issues appropriately in my risk assessments and my continual reflective diary.
2.) Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individual
Duty of care plays a big part in the way policies are carried out in my setting. For example, when a case requires the knowledge of safeguarding, as a practitioner I must follow my procedures with regards to the needs of the child. This applies to all policies or procedures that need to take action.
● Risk Assessments – carrying out and reviewing risk assessments for all of the activities we do. This way I ensure risks concerning equipment, venues and activities are minimised and therefore reducing the risk of injury or harm to the children, myself and my