Health and Social Care

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Introduction to Duty of Care in Health and Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings. 1. Understand the implications of duty of care. 1.1. Define the term ‘Duty of Care’ A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on a carer requiring that they adhere to a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to take care of vulnerable adults and to ensure that their needs and well-being are looked after. Although Health and Social Care Organisations have what is called ‘duty of care’ towards the people they look after, it is not only down to the care establishment to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services. It is also down to the care workers of the establishment. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. 1.2. Describe how duty of care affects own work role. My duty of care means that I must aim to provide high quality care to the best of my ability and say if there are any reasons as to why I may be unable to do so. My organisation and I have a duty of care to ensure that the service users we care for are safe, protected from abuse by other service users, staff, carers, friends and family. This means that my colleagues and I are obliged to work within the safeguarding policies and procedures and it is highly important that we all receive adequate training so that we can recognise and understand signs of abuse. It is also out duty to record all relevant information when an accident or incident occurs in the workplace. It is our responsibility to report any improper conduct or suspicion that we think may contribute to abuse. Duty of care and safeguarding work together because it is our duty of care, as care staff, to provide protection and safety for vulnerable adults whilst at the same time respecting their

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