Duty of Care

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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. Risk assessments are designed to ensure the Health and Safety of everyone. 2.1 Sometimes individuals may want to do something which could be a risk to their Health and safety. As a support worker you have a duty of care to that person and you must do all that you can to keep them safe but you also have a duty to respect the individual’s rights and choice, so you have a dilemma. It could be that an individual refuses their medication. Remind them of why they take the medication and its benefits and again advise them of the risks involved in not taking their medication. If they still refuse ensure this is noted on their Medication administration record and reported in their communication notes and discussed at handover, so others aware if a problem occurs. If the individual insists on doing something which is unsafe or risky that is their choice and you must respect their right,
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