Shc 34 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Childrens Setting

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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 Duty of care in your work role means you have an obligation to make sure the child or young person is safe and taken care of. You are responsible for the wellbeing of the individual so care and attention need to be shown to minimalize the possibility of them coming to any harm. Their wellbeing should be the main priority in everything you do in your setting. Always act in their best interest and act with confidence and assurance in what you do, do not take on any task or project that you feel cannot be done safely. Ask for help and support if needed, and only accept work when it is safe to do so. Duty of care also means that you need to protect confidential information on the individual and their family. To protect the individual from harm or infection should be everyone’s priority. Duty of care is supported through legislations such as The Health and Safety Act and The Health and Social Care Act, failure to adhere by these standards can result in legal action against yourself or the setting. 1.2 Working in a childcare or young person’s setting has a significant duty of care; they must always come first and be kept out of harm’s way. The younger and more vulnerable need greater care. Even if your job role is not specific to ‘safeguarding’, you must make sure you know who that staff member is and still abide by the standards in looking after the health and safety of the individual. Duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals in a variety of ways:- * Carry out risk assessments both inside and outside the setting. * Avoid potential hazards which could lead to accidents or harm. * Have clear instructions in any task or project. * Work with colleagues, parents and other professionals/agencies in
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