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.
The 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. Describe how duty of care affects own work role. My duty of care means that I must aim to provide high quality care to the best of my ability and say if there are any reasons as to why I may be unable to do so. My organisation and I have a duty of care to ensure that the service users we care for are safe, protected from abuse by other service users, staff, carers, friends and family.
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.
You should follow all the correct policy’s and procedures to protect yourself and others. It is especially important when in a job in the health and social care sector as its individual’s lives you could effect by making the wrong decision. If ever you disagree with the agreed way of working then consult your employer and do not decide to go against it off your own back. If everyone in the work setting follows the correct policies and procedures then the setting should run effectively and be consistent. Outcome 3 1.
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.
You must be accountable for keeping records safe, reporting problems, and for your own decisions. You must also be observant and keep your training and policies up to date. You must follow standard procedures in all care work this includes use of resources and equipment. As your role as a carer you must respect the individuals wishes, maintain confidentiality and recognise signs and symptoms of abuse, we must also make sure that the individual has their right to make their own decisions and respect them, report concerns to line manager. Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care.
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.
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.
Promote independence of people we support which protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm. Respect the rights of people we support whilst seeking to ensure behaviour does not harm themselves or others. Uphold public trust and confidence in your service. Be accountable for the quality of my work and I take responsibility for maintaining and improving my knowledge and skills. 2.1 Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service protocol.
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.