Unit 4: Principles for Implementing Duty
of Care in Health, Social Care or
Children’s and Young People’s
1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
All residents 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 the definition of my job role to make this happen. Duty of care means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working of my employer.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals
In your job role you have a duty of care to raise any concerns you may have about any aspect of your work. These can range from poor working conditions, poor equipment, poor practice by other staff and 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 member or friends. If you have any doubt at any time, you should discuss any issues you have with your manager.
2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights
During work you may find yourself in situations where the individuals you are supporting
do not agree with what you believe is best for them. In situations where there is a conflict of interest or a dilemma between an individual’s rights and your 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...