Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers

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Activity 18 Revisit the General Social Care Codes of Practice booklet. Identify against each of the six Codes, any areas you have not previously included in this workbook and explain how you will maintain these standards as a professional healthcare worker. You should particularly include Codes 2.5:2.7:5.8 What are the codes? The Code of Practice for Social Care Workers is a list of statements that describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social care workers as they go about their daily work. What will the codes mean to me? As a social care worker I will have criteria to guide my practice and be clear about what standards of conduct I am are expected to meet. I am are encouraged to use the codes to examine my own practice and to look for areas in which I can improve. The Codes 1) As a social care worker, you must protect the rights and promote the interests of service users and carers. 1.1 Treating each person as an individual; 1.2 Respecting and, where appropriate, promoting the individual views and wishes of both service users and carers 1.3 Supporting service users’ rights to control their lives and make informed choices about the services they receive 1.4 Respecting and maintaining the dignity and privacy of service users 1.5 Promoting equal opportunities for service users and carers 1.6 Respecting diversity and different cultures and values. Code 1 2) As a social care worker, you must strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of service users and carers. 2.1 Being honest and trustworthy 2.2 Communicating in an appropriate, open, accurate and straightforward way 2.3 Respecting confidential information and clearly explaining agency policies about confidentiality to service users and carers 2.4 Being reliable and dependable 2.5 Honouring work commitments, agreements and
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