Unit 304 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings Outcome 1. Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice. Explain what it means to have a duty of care in your own role Having a duty of care in my role means that I have a responsibility, as a Team Leader, to support the staff team and lead a shift as safely and smoothly as possible. Also a duty of care to the people I support in ensuring their needs are met and independence is promoted as much as possible. Ensuring the environment they live in is safe and clean by filling out cleaning rotas and keeping appropriate doors locked for supervised access.
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 204-1.2, 304 – 1.2 | | Question 2:Explain what it means to have ‘duty of care’ in your job role. | | | It means making sure that I provide a good quality and standard of care. It is my duty to | | | take care of vulnerable clients and to make sure that their needs and welfare are being | | | looked after. I also make sure that service users are treated with care and respect, and | | | that they are protected from any harm or abuse that may happen, and that they are | | | given choices. It also my role to make sure that my duty is carried out safely and | | | effectively in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures.
Definition of Duty of Care Working in the Health and Social Care industry, there is a legal requirement to act in the Service User’s best interests and provide a duty of care towards the people who are being supported. Also, employer’s have a Duty of Care to their staff, ensuring that training needs are met. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe and suitable to deliver the service. Legally, employers must abide by relevant health & safety and employment law, as well as the common law duty of care. They also have a moral and ethical duty not to cause, or fail to prevent, physical or psychological injury, and must fulfil their responsibilities with regard to personal injury and negligence claims.
Task A Ai: What is meant by the term Duty of Care. Health and Social Care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and the interests of the people using its service but also the care workers who work in the establishment have the same duty of care as well. Also the employer has a duty of care for the staff members to ensure that the working conditions are safe and suitable to deliver the service to the individuals.
This is done by following policy and procedures, Being able to recognise dangers and risk withing the work setting. Attending training sessions when available. Duty of care affects social care workers by ensuring that every care setting is safe for the individuals using the setting and the staff working there. What having a duty of care means for a caregiving organisation? Having a duty of care in caregiving means the setting is a safe environment for both individuals and staff members.
SUPERVISION NOTES A i What is meant by the term Duty of Care Health and Social Care organisations have what is called a duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can to keep the people in their care safe from harm. It is not only the care establishment that needs to prioritise the safety, welfare and interests of the people using its services, but also the Care Workers of the establishment have the same Duty of Care. The employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe, and suitable to deliver the service. Duty of care is a legal obligation that is usually imposed on an individual person requiring them to adhere to a standard of reasonable care while undertaking or performing any acts of duty that could possibly harm others.
My role as a carer requires following the policies and procedures and code of practice. It makes me responsible for every task I undertake therefore I must be always sure that I’m trained enough and physically able to provide professional service to my service users. Those rules protect me and individuals using the care service. | Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care |
They also have to do everything in their power to keep the service users safe from harm. Your duty of care underpins everything that you do, it is what underlies the codes of practice and it should be built into your practice on a day to day level, exercising your duty of care is also a legal requirement and what would be tested in court in the event of a case of negligence or malpractice. Aii) How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker. Service users have a right to expect that when a professional is providing support they will be kept safe and not to be neglected or exposed to any unnecessary risk. The expression is that we ‘owe’ a duty of care to the service users we work with.
Unit CT236 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young peoples settings. 1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role: This means that you are responsible for the care and welfare of yourself and others while at work. It also means that you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others. 1.2 Explain how the duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals; When caring for someone who is unable to care for themselves, you have a responsibility to protect them from anyone or anything that could cause them harm. Everything you do must be in their best interest and protect them from harm in every sense including but by no means restricted to, physical, emotional, financial and medical.
How Duty of Care Contributes to Safe Practice Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. My responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of my job role to make this happen. Duty of Care means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working with my employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends and family and their property. In my role I have a duty of care to raise any concerns that I may have about any aspect of work.