Title: Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings LEVEL 2 UNIT 24 1. Understand the implications of duty of care 2.1. Define the term ‘duty of care’. Duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action in negligence.
INTRODUCTION TO DUTY OF CARE IN HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE 1.1 As a care worker, you have a legal obligation to adopt a ‘duty of care’ approach towards the people within your service. You are required to work in the best interests of the people using the service which includes maintaining their safety and wellbeing. 1.2 It is important to carry out duties that are in own job description and that you are competent. It is also necessary to regularly update own knowledge and skills in order to uphold and provide the care standards that are in accordance with the codes of practice of the care setting. This includes the use of any available resources such as hoists for the moving of residents and ensuring training is up to date by attending all relevant courses.
Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings Understand the implications of duty of care Health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. I have a duty of care to myself, my colleagues and the person I am caring for or anyone else affected by my actions.
This could lead to conflict between the individual’s family / carers if staff involved other agencies such as Social Services. Dilemmas could be knowing when to get further help regarding adult protection and safeguarding issues for example if you did not refer the case to social services the individual might still continue to suffer abuse. Another dilemma would be knowing when to break confidentiality and share information. If you have any concerns about an individual or feel they are at risk you need to share them and report it, it is always better to be safe
Introduction to duty of care in health and social care settings. Understand the implications of duty of care 1.1 Define the Term 'Duty of Care'. The term duty of care is the legal obligation that you have when in the position to look after vunerable individuals to protect them from harm and support them to lead a fullfilled life working to high standards and all legistlations and policies. 1.2 Describe how the duty of care affect your own work role. My duty of care is to Support vunerable adults with severe learning disabilities and complex health needs and provide them with the best possible care making sure all the individuals needs are met with a person centred approach, being aware of any issues that may arise and have the knowledge to assess situations and respond accordingly in the best interests of the clients Ensuring safety from harm and promoting independance and choice.
Unit 4223-307 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care 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 The term ‘Duty of Care’ is a moral and legal requirement of health and social organisations whether it is carers, health professionals, or anyone providing health care services towards the people they look after. This means that they must do their duty to keep individuals in their care free from harm, safe from harm, treat with dignity and respect, and to give those individuals choice. Duty of care can be undertaken with watchfulness, attention, caution that a reasonable person in the same circumstances they are in would do. This is underpins everything that you do in your role.
Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings Outcome 1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice 1.1 Explain what duty of care means in a care setting. Duty of care means that you are responsible for the welfare of those in your care. A care support worker has a duty of care to protect vulnerable people from harm, through neglect and is primarily in place to prevent accident and abuse. An employer can ensure they provide a good standard of duty of care by ensuring all carers have CRB checks, up to date training, abiding by the legislation provided by governing bodies such as the CQC and making sure that all staff have a good understanding of their duty of care policies. Duty of care also covers employee's, which means each employee has a duty of care to the colleagues, ensuring their well being and safety in the work place.
Unit 304 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children or young people’s settings 1.1 To have a duty of care means to be accountable for clients in our care by e.g. exercising authority, managing risks, working safely, safeguarding clients and others monitoring own behaviour and conduct, maintaining confidentiality, storing personal information appropriately, reporting concerns and allegations, making professional judgements, maintaining professional boundaries, avoiding favouritism and maintaining high standards of conduct outside the professional role. 1.2 Duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of the individual clients by having a number of policies and procedures to follow ensuring that a clients health and safety is paramount. This is done by daily checks, risk assessments, fire drills so clients are aware of where to go and what do to. Risks assessments are extremely important and must be implemented and met all the time.
Assignment 304 Principles for implementing duty of care in health , social care of children’s and young people’s settings Task A Duty of Care This is a legal term that refers to the responsibility and obligation of a person or organisation to avoid acts of omissions that are likely to cause harm to an individual or individuals by taking reasonable steps to safeguard them. Duty of Care and a Social Care Workers Role All social care workers have a duty of care towards individuals they provide care or support to within their role. Social care workers are expected to; • Put the needs and interest of those they provide care or support to at the centre of their practice. • Ensure what they choose to do (or not to do) does not harm or endanger those they provide care or support to. • Promote the health and wellbeing of the individual they provide care or support to.
1.1 Duty of care means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the care workers of the establishment. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. 1.2 The duty of care affects own work role by making sure you keep yourself safe and your service user safe. It means being updated on any new training, following all and any security procedures in order to keep things safe.