Unit 054 Principles for implementing duty of care in health and social care or children's and young people settings
Outcome 1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
Part One Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role.
The key points as outlined in the text book, surrounding my duty of care at work include helping children as they develop:
* The ability to foresee and cope with potential dangers. * More robust immune systems.
* Communication skills.
Part of my work is to ensure that the children in my care are allowed to develop these skills in a safe environment. At Westview I carry out day-to-day risk assessments for activities and excursions that each child participates in. These risk assessments look at both the spreading of infection amongst children and potential accidents, enabling children to develop more robust immune systems. As part of this I also ensure the children wash their hands after going to the toilet and eating as well as covering their mouths when sneezing and coughing. Part of my role is helping the children see the potential hazard whilst in and out of the nursery setting for example on our excursions if we are by a busy road the children know to stay as far away from the road as possible (next to the wall). We also make them pair up to look after each other (usually an older and younger child) and the children wear high vis jackets. I have explained to the children why it is important to wear the jackets. In my role at Westview I help the children develop empathy and communication skills in various ways. I often explain to children in conflict the situation from the other child’s point of view to try and get them to think about how they would be feeling. I patiently ask the two children together what has happened and discipline accordingly ensuring apologies are given and accepted.
Part Two - Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.
The children at Westview are dependent on me as a childcare professional to protect them from harm. I do this in the following ways: * Risk Assessments – At Westview we carry out risk assessments to ensure that we have enough staff, all medical supplies and assess risks in the area we are visiting before we take the children, for example the adult leading the group will scope out a safe area, therefore protecting the children in my care. * Setting boundaries for the children’s behavior – In order to discourage behavior that may cause distress to others or themselves, I talk to the children to explain why it is important to be well behaved and how they are expected to behave on excursions and in each different setting. I also discipline accordingly explaining why their behavior may be wrong or upsetting to others. This shows safeguarding as we try to ensure all children are happy and not distressed by others or themselves. * Observing children and assessing development – I act as key worker for several children charting their development and monitoring progress in different areas. I monitor the children in my care and would report to the room leader should I feel that a child is not progressing to their expected age level. This would be monitored and worked through with the parents to aid development. * Abuse – My duty of care can involve understanding how children may be abused by others for example bullying, observations can be used as a tool in order to be aware of the signs that a child could be experiencing harm physically or mentally. I would again report this information urgently to the room leader to ensure the proper procedure is followed.
By following the steps above I am using my duty of care to ensure the safeguarding and protection of the children in my care.
Outcome 2 Know how to address conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between an individual's rights and the duty of care
Part One – Describe...
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