Ct236 Principles of Duty of Care in Social Care

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Unit CT236 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young peoples settings. 1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role: This means that you are responsible for the care and welfare of yourself and others while at work. It also means that you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others. 1.2 Explain how the duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals; When caring for someone who is unable to care for themselves, you have a responsibility to protect them from anyone or anything that could cause them harm. Everything you do must be in their best interest and protect them from harm in every sense including but by no means restricted to, physical, emotional, financial and medical. I must report any risks I come across to a manager or supervisor; this can include poor working practices by other members of staff, equipment, other individuals, the working environment and even family members. Failure to report these would be seen as negligence on my part and could even result in prosecution. 2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s right. A potential dilemma could be the client not wanting to visit the hospital when the client has been medically advised that it is essential for them to do so, refusal of medication or any time the service user exercises their rights, to choose or refuse, that could potentially cause harm to themselves or others. I would try to advise them as to what was in their best interest, but there is a fine line between advising them and your advice itself becoming abuse once a service user has “refused” or said “no”. If in doubt always phone your supervisor or manager and always document exactly what has happened and what has been said and done.

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