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.
For the purposes of this assignment a child is a person under the age of 18 years as defined in the Children (NI) Order 1995. Throughout this assignment the term he, him should also mean she, her etc. The policies, procedures and practices to safeguard children should be based on the following principles: • The child’s welfare must always be paramount and this overrides all other considerations: • Children have the right to be heard, listened to and their concerns to be taken seriously. Taking in to consideration their age and understanding they should be consulted and involved in decisions that may affect their lives; • Parents/ Carers have the right to be respected and they should be consulted in matters which concern their families. • Individuals and agencies should work together so that the best interests of the child are met; • Actions taken to protect children, including investigation, should not cause the child unnecessary distress; The Legislative context which children are protected includes: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
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. The Early Years Foundation framework provides assurance to parents that the early years providers that they choose will keep their children safe. There are also legal requirements that relate to welfare. These include the Childcare Act 2006. There is also a government document called ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ that gives instructions on what must be done to ensure that children and young people are
4) Any information regarding Rachael Consulting, its Client’s or its employees is to remain confidential. 5) Support, comprehend and value all aspects regarding Rachael Consulting’s diversity among culture, race and gender. 6) Gifts or commissions of any type of monetary value are not to be accepted by any employees at Rachael Consulting. 7) Any data collected by a Rachael Consulting employee must be reported accurately and efficiently. 8) All employees must enforce policies
This is essential in order to safeguard the children within our setting. We only hold information about the children that is important for us and their personal welfare. For example this can include, medication records, allergies, parents and full names. When information needs to be passed on and shared with other professionals then we need to ensure that we are complying with the data protection act. This act sets out clear guidelines which can be followed effectively in order to make sure that individuals private information does not get obtained by unnecessary people.
The main point is: • The staffs at the work setting needs to be aware that they cannot keep secrets with a child. When you record your information about the child write it exactly how they said and not what you think. You can share the information with manager, head care worker, or head teacher. • Well Being: Adult and child need to be safe and for whatever reason keep your information secret. The wrong person could receive the information and put the adult and child’s safety at risk.
Safeguarding and promoting Children’s Welfare Every child receives and enjoys challenging learning and development experiences that meets their individual needs and make sure they are safe. Child minders must safeguard children at all times if abuse is suspected it must be reported and I must record it. Documentation In my setting I have all the relevant policies and procedures to do with safeguarding I must record any accidents and bruises and tell parents about any incidents that has happened when they arrive. Suitable premises environment and equipment Indoor spaces toys furniture and equipment must be safe and suitable for the children in my setting Organisation Child-minders have to plan and organise in their setting to ensure the children develop and achieve challenging learning experiences Data Protection Act
This can be done during planning by linking activities to the EYFS in order to establish that the child will have the opportunity to meet their next steps in development by taking part in the activity. All staff are legally obliged to have a duty of care, and always have the children’s, staff’s and parents/carer’s health and safety in mind. However, there should also be clear lines of responsibility, for example in our setting we have an appointed Health and Safety Officer, who
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.
ECM is important as it protects children from discrimination and harm. The CASHE Statement of Values insures that all CASHE students act in a responsible manner towards the children and parents and insures that the child is always put first. The statement supports children as it has a list of criteria that all CASHE students must follow in order to maintain confidentiality and protect children in their care. This relates to my placement as is provides my supervisors with guidelines that they can make sure I follow. The statement is important because it protects children form mistreatment from CASHE students.