Shc 34 Essay

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SHC 34: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 1.1: Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role. When you are described as having a duty of care it means that you have a responsibility to ensure that others are not in any danger or in the way of harm during a particular task or activity. It includes making sure that you pay appropriate attention to others whilst observing the area for potential hazards, mistakes or accidents along with being able to make clear and concise decisions and choices about the steps that need to be taken in a particular role. If a roles requires a duty of care and the individual in that role fails to provide the duty of care then negligence may occur, as a result of this they will be held accountable and action may be taken. There is a benchmark which is the standard of care this describes the minimum quality and amount of care that needs to be provided under a duty of care. An example would be how medical staff have a duty of care for caring for a patient with severe lacerations and the standard of care for this would be to provide the appropriate dressing and after care for the wound. A failure of meeting the standard of care would be if medical staff applied a plaster to a open fracture as the needs the bone resetting and then the wound stitching and dressing with protective layer and a bandage. Ina children’s and young people’s setting the standard of care is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children in the setting. This includes protection from sexual, physical and emotional harm. We are also promoting the development of the children or young people in your particular class. We have a duty of care to ensure that we promote healthy life style choices to children and young people and to help children and young people to meet the 5 every child
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