Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young Peoples Settings.

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Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young Peoples Settings. 1.1 A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foresee-ably harm others. 1.2 The term duty of care is the responsibility of caring for another person who may well be vulnerable which includes those who are young, old, ill or unfit mentally to care for themselves and requires another person to assist. This includes looking after the person’s hygiene, cleanliness, safety, meals, Transportation, medication or physical needs. Duty of Care requires all staff to ensure that all the people we work with are safe and that we abide by relevant legislation and follow care plans. And inform the office of any changes to medication so everyone can keep up the constant care. Duty of Care is the legal duty to take reasonable care so that others aren’t harmed and involves identifying risks and taking reasonable care in your response to these risks. Organisations should always ensure that they consult legal and legislative requirements when developing and maintaining their duty of care frameworks and consider working alone guidelines. 2.1 Dilemmas that may arise: • Equipment - Clients may refuse to use hoists and stand aids as they have had bad experience in the past with using them which could affect clients hygiene, physical needs and means that staff can’t do their job to a high standard we would take note of what the clients have said and ring the manager to come up with another solution. All equipment must be in date and checked regularly before use. • Training - Training must be up to date and if it isn’t you should not but yourself or clients at risk of danger. All cares should not attempt to do things outside of training or job
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