Principles Essay

1851 WordsJun 17, 20148 Pages
Shc 34: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children and young people’s settings 1. Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice. 2.1. Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role. In every work role, to have a duty of care means to exercise a reasonable degree of attention and caution in order to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to others. Vigilance and attention are very important in keeping the children safe as they develop. Children and young people do not have the ability to care for themselves because they have not yet developed their physical and cognitive skills, so they need care from the adults around them. The younger and more vulnerable the child is, the greater the duty of care towards them. This means that the children that are in your care need the appropriate attention in order to make them feel safe and protected. Having duty of care in own work role also involves: ensuring that the environment is safe inside and outside before the children start their day, cleaning on a daily basis in order to ensure that the children cannot catch any infection while they are in the setting, checking any equipment before and after the children are using it, watching out for potential hazards, being able to recognise them and cope with potential dangers, preventing mistakes or accidents, being or having a first aider on the premises is essential when working with children and young people because it gives the ability of foreseeing danger and knowing how to react in case of an emergency or accident. 2.2. Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. When working with children, practitioners have the responsibility to safeguard the well being of the children in their care, to keep them safe and protect them from any abuse and any

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