Understanding Employment Responsibilities and rights in Health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings Unit 1 Know the statutory responsibilities and rights of employees and employers within own area of work 1.1. In order to obtain information and advice in relation to employment responsibilities and rights an employee should be given the following: Contract covering all terms and conditions, policy documents and an employee handbook. Further information can be obtained through the citizen’s advice bureau and trade unions. 1.2. In order to prevent the exploitation of employees by employers.
1. Understand what is required for competence in own work role. 1.1 Describe the duties and responsibilities of own role. The specific duties and responsibilities of any particular job would depend on the employer one works for. In any case, one would be informed of their duties and responsibilities at their induction which might include the policies and procedures of the organisation, how the structures work and who the managers and supervisors are.
This means that the relationship is based on agreed rules and expectations about how both sides should work together. Your manager or supervisor is the person who represents the interests of your employer. Your employment contract as well as the policies and procedures of your workplace should clearly set out the expectations rules and boundaries of your relationships with your employer manager and supervisor. Relationships with co –workers (colleagues) As a social care worker you will need to form good relationships with your co – workers (colleagues) as you are likely to work in a care team or multi – agency partnership. Trust, support and co – operating with your co – workers are important aspects of teamwork situations.
1.1 The law in the UK covers a number of various aspects; these cover areas such as Disciplinary procedures, Health and Safety, Holiday entitlements, Minimum wage, Number of hours worked, Redundancy and dismissal and Training amongst others. There is also the Disability act, Manual handling, Data protection act, General social care council code 2001, RIDDOR 1995 along with more. 1.2 The main features of current employment legislation are Employment Rights, Equality and discrimination, Health and Safety. 1.3 Legislation exists to protect employees from being exploited and abused by their employers. 1.4 The main sources which contain an employee’s responsibilities are in their Contract, Staff handbook, Job description, Work policy documents and the Terms and conditions.
The code requires that employers adhere to the standards set out in their code, support social care workers in meeting their code and take appropriate action when workers do not meet expected standards of conduct. 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 2 care workers as they go about
Understand working relationships in social care settings. Working relationships are based on codes and policies. These rules are in my contract and I had to agreed them when I started to work. 2. Understand the importance of working in ways that are agreed with the employer.
by providing rules and regulations that must be followed. 1.4 Identify sources and types of information and advice available in relation to employment responsibilities and rights Sources and types of information that are available to employment responsibility and rights include our Contract; Policy Documents; Terms and Conditions; Job Description; Care Quality Commission; General Social Care Council; Human Resources Department; Health and Safety Department; Jobcentre; Citizens Advice Bureau; Access to Work and Direct.gov website. 2. Understand agreed ways of working that protect own relationship with employer 2.1 Describe the terms and conditions of own contract of employment My contract covers the main terms of my employment such as: -Place of work -Hours of work -Remuneration -Collective agreements -Annual leave and public holidays -Sickness
A Duty of Care is not just a physical duty but also an emotional duty, including, treating service users with privacy, dignity and respect. A code of practice was put in place by the UK countries as a guide for any professional in the health care sector to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, if they fail to follow this Code they will be held responsible by the regulators of the Code. b) How duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. A Duty of Care is not specifically for one or two people, it is for everyone that any professional in the health care sector works with and helps in protecting the service user in all situations that could potentially present a risk of injury or harm and is very important in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. The duty of care is a clear guide as to how carers/support workers are expected to behave and act while supporting the service user.
The role of the health and social worker Outcome1 1 Explain how a working relationship is different from personal relationship Working relationships are based on formal policies and procedures and agreed ways of working, there are bound by contracts of employment and have codes of practice to be followed –working relationships are professional based. My responsibility as a health care worker is to deliver very high quality standard service to individuals. this include support for everyday living i.e. general domestic tasks, personal care, promoting independency. When I am caring out all these, I do remember person centred values and this helps me to do what is right for the client or what the client wants .At the start of a shift proper handover is received, read and sign/communication book is read, clients care plan is read and follow staff meetings to get information and changes about the clients for example if I have arranged with the service user to shave during personal care ,then when the time comes he changes his mind, its his right to change his mind.
There are many regulations, laws and guidelines dealing with health and safety. The law places certain responsibilities on both employer and employees; for example, it is up to the employer to provide a safe place in which to work but the employee also has to show reasonable care for his or her own safety. When I induct new learners for NVQ, I provide information on health and safety and also as an on-going process each time I meet the learners. It is my responsibility in the training room to ensure the safety of my learners. Another piece of legislation which is pertinent to discuss according to my job role is Equal Opportunity Act.