Within my job I have a duty of care towards all of the children and young people. This is a requirement to exercise reasonable care, attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to the harm of others. I have to make sure that I keep these children and young people safe at all times giving extra attention towards the younger more venerable children and ensure they are safe throughout. We protect them not only from physical harm but also emotional and sexual harm. It is guarding the rights of a child as they have the right to independence and be treated with respect and dignity. This extends to respecting the rights, cultural beliefs and values of the parents and family. We have to teach the children and young people which are the positive and which are negative behaviours by setting clear rules and boundaries and by discouraging any behaviour that may cause distress or harm another person, this can be done by asking the child or young person to think about and discuss how the other person is feeling and why they may be feeling that way.
Duty of care promotes vigilance in the things we do and the service we provide, it reduces accidents and contributes towards protecting people and keeping them safe. It puts laws in place to set the standards and best practise we must follow to ensure the safety and well being of individuals. It protects children, staff and visitors. Within my work setting we safeguard the children in many ways * Taking out risk assessments and taking precautions to avoid potential hazards which might lead to harm to the children. * Setting clear expectations and boundaries for children’s behaviour, and using strategies to discourage behaviour which may harm or distress others. * Observing children and assessing their development, being alert to any indications that their progress is not developing as it should. * Understanding the ways that children