Unit 5 – The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children E1 A practitioner working in professional relationships has a lot of responsibilities. The responsibilities of the practitioner in professional relationships should include the practitioner following the laws and legislations that are in place. The practitioner should also follow the policies and procedures of the setting to make sure that their practice is profressional and that they aren’t crossing any boundaries. A main responsibility of working in profressional relationships is being able to maintain confidentiality – this includes confidentiality of the staff in the setting, and confidentiality of children and parents coming in and out of the setting, if parents are to tell a practitioner something private then they have to maintain that information confidentially. As a practitioner working in professional relationships a main priority is thinking about the child’s safety and development, practitioners should work together to make sure that the childs safety is number one priority before anything else – the setting should provide a way of monitoring who is coming in and out of the setting at all times, for example, a finger print scanner.
Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice Know how to address dilemmas that may arise between an individuals rights and the duty of care Know how to recognise and handle comments and complaints Know how to recognise and handle incidents errors and Duty of Care is defined simply as a legal obligation to Always act in the best interest of individuals and others Not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm Act within your competence and not take on anything you do not believe you can safely do. As a care worker you owe a duty of care to the people you support your colleagues your employer yourself and the public interest. Everyone has a duty of care – it is not something that you can opt out of.
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.
Parents should be reassured that the school is providing correct care and support for them and their children. There may come a time when you will need to let others know your obligations with regard to confidentiality and the sharing of information you have gathered regarding a child or young adult. In most cases parental consent is necessary in order to share the information with other professional bodies, however, the school has a legal obligation to disclose information if there is any indication of the child or young adult being at risk. If this is the case then you should be open and honest from the outset in all discussions with the child, young adult or their family where appropriate. About why, what, how and who the information will or could be shared with.
As a human being I think that our duty of care is to look out for other, be responsible for our own actions and help make our environment as best as it could be. The duty of care in an Early Years Practitioner is slightly different that an every days persons duty of care. As a practitioner you are looking out for slightly different things for the wellbeing and welfare of a child in your setting. As a practitioner we need to make sure that we are able to pick up on outside abuse to make sure that a child is not getting bullied by other children outside the setting or from
SHC 34 1.1 + 1.2 Signed…………………………..Date……….……… Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice 1.1 Explain what it meant to have a duty of care in own work role As a registered child minder I have a duty of care to make sure the child or young person is safe and taken care of. I am responsible for the wellbeing of the individual so care and attention need to be shown to minimalize the possibility of them coming to any harm. Their wellbeing is the main priority in everything I do in my setting. I always act in their best interest and act with confidence and assurance in what you do, do not take on any tasks or projects that I feel cannot be done safely. Ask for help and support if needed.
Task 1: Write an explanation of: * what it means to have a duty of care in own work role * How duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals Duty of care is a requirement and obligation that a person in a caring role has to make sure that others are taken care of and not harmed. It includes watching out for potential hazards and trying to prevent mistakes and accidents. It is important because of a duty of care is not met then the responsible person can be held accountable if things go wrong. A carer in early years has a duty of care to protect the children in their care by following the legislation and the policies and procedures that are in place at the workplace. Policies and procedures are put in place so that there are rules and boundaries to make sure that people know how to work in the setting and what is expected of them to prevent harm and danger to others in the work setting.
You as a carer have a duty of care to keep the individual safe but you must always respect the individuals’ rights and choice, so this would cause a dilemma. For example if an individual no longer wishes to use her walking frame, but her care plan states she needs it to move around then you must ensure you encourage her to use it. In this situation you could carry out a risk assessment to ensure it is dealt with as safely as possible. You would need to explain the risks to her and make sure she understands. You could come to a compromise and suggest she uses a walking stick for a while instead to see if she can manage and in the meantime you can monitor the situation.
It is recognised that staff must establish a rapport with the young people they support .However staff are responsible for ensuring they establish and maintain appropriate professional Boundaries in relationships between themselves and the young person. Boundaries define the limits of behaviours, which allow a professional career and an individual to engage safely in a supportive caring relationship. These boundaries are based upon trust, respect and the appropriate use of power and must focus solely upon meeting the needs of the individual. Should the focus move towards meeting the employee's own needs this would be an unacceptable abuse of power. Staff need to respect the boundary around their relationships with those they care for.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding of individuals. All workers in a childcare setting have a ‘duty of care’ to protect both children and other co-workers. Duty of care means that a person or group has a responsibility to ensure that there is reasonable standard of attention and care given to avoid neglect which may lead to or cause harm to others. It is important to excersice duty of care, especially in young children to help them to develop immune systems which can protect them from childhood illness and other diseases, which may cause them harm ot disable them later in life. Children develop the ability to see potential dangers and learn how to deal with them.