Unit: CT 236
Principals for implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role.
“Duty of Care” means providing care and support for individuals within the law
and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working with my
employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends
and family and their property.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.
In my role I have a duty of care to raise any concerns I may have about any aspect
of my work. These can range from inadequate working conditions, poor equipment, and poor practice by other staff; to raising concerns about potential abuse cases and situations of neglect. It is my duty of care to safeguard individuals from harm. All employees should report any concerns of abuse they have. These might include evidence or suspicions of bad practice by colleagues and managers, or abuse by another individual, another worker or an individual’s family or friends.
If I do not work in this way, I could be considered negligent or incompetent. If I am in any doubt at any time, I must discuss any issues I have with my supervisor / manager.
Know how to address conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between an individuals rights and duty of care
2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights.
In situations where there is a conflict of interest or a dilemma between an individual’s rights
and my duty of care, it is best practice to make sure the individual is aware of the
consequences of their choice and that they have the mental capacity to understand the
risks involved in their choice. It is their right as an individual to be able to make informed
choices about their own lives...