Task A Supervision Notes As an experienced social care worker you have been asked to mentor a new social care worker. You plan to use a supervision session to explain about the duty of care and how this helps to protect individuals from harm and abuse. Prepare a set of notes to help you in this supervision session. In the notes, you must include an explanation of: Ai What is meant by the term “duty of care” It is a legal obligation to provide care and support to vulnerable adults. The social care worker must do everything they can to keep the service users safe from harm, injury and abuse.
Aii. Duty of Care affects our work in that we are expected to deliver care to the service users safely; we should therefore ensure that the basics are covered, such as cleaning our hands prior to work and ensuring that we wear the provided safety and protection equipment like gloves and aprons. Our employer is also to ensure that we undertake all the required training prior to delivering the care support. We should also ensure that we are up-to-date in the skills required from a training perspective. Aiii.
Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role. All service users 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 is to do everything reasonable within the definition of my job role to make this happen. A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on a carer requiring that they adhere to a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to take care of vulnerable adults and to ensure that their needs and well-being are looked after.
CT235 Introduction to duty of care in health and social care. 1.1 Define the term '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.
The duty of care in my work role is based around looking after the residents in our care and maintaining their safety and dignity. 2.1 – Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights. Sometimes an individual may want to do something that could be a risk to their health and safety. As carer’s we must respect the individuals rights and choices while at the same time keeping them safe. 2.2 – Explain where to get additional support and advice about how to resolve such matters.
WRITTEN QUESTIONS Unit Title: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings Unit sector reference: SHC34 Candidate name: ……… ……………………………………………………………. Answer the following questions, give examples where necessary. Question | Answers | 1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role | As a professional working within health care, it is necessary and very important that we follow a code of practice which is set out by each employer in all work settings; this involves putting the needs and interests of those that we care for first. It is vital to keep everyone in our care safe from harm and unnecessary risk, which means we need to ensure that no individual in our care is abused or neglected. Also planning the day and having a routine which best fits around each individual ensuring that their best interests and personal choices come first.
Introduction to Duty of Care in Health and Social Care settings 1.1 Define the term Duty of Care A duty of care means that all health and social care professionals and organisations providing health and care services, must act in the best interests of the people they support. They also have to do everything in their power to keep people safe from harm and exploitation. As a care professional, you must ensure that you do not do something, or fail to do something, that causes harm to someone. You have a professional duty of care to act only within your own competence and not to take something you are not confident about. 1.2 Describe the Duty of Care which affects your own practice It is important to only carry out duties that you are competent and confident in under taking the duty and it is important that the task are in your job description and declining care work that is not.
As a carer you have a duty to that person to keep them safe at the same time you also need to respect an individuals rights and choice, so you do all that you can to keep them safe. 1.2. Describe how the duty of care affects own work role: During your everyday work as a carer/support worker there are many practices that are carried out with individuals according to their support plans. it is our responsibility to see that these practices are carried out according to what is written down in the support plans at all times to ensure the health & safety of those we are working with and that no individual is put in a situation where there is a possibility of them coming to any harm. The same applies to working times just because your shift ends at a certain time there may be a time where you will need to remain on shift if a fellow worker has failed to turn up for work or there has been an emergency situation .
Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings What is duty of care All health and social care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the individuals they look after. This means they must ensure they do everything they can to keep the individuals in their care safe from harm. The safety, welfare and interests of the individuals is priority not only by the care establishment but also the care workers that are employed by them. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, whereby they must ensure that working conditions are safe and suitable to enable staff to deliver the right care to individuals in their care. Duty of care is your responsibility to keep the
Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. Your responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of your job role to make this happen however you must be aware of potential dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights. During your 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 informed choices about their own lives even if you disagree with their choice.