Shc 34 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care

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SHC 34 – Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care of children’s and young people’s settings Ellena Green When working with children and young people in any setting understanding ‘Duty of Care’ is paramount. Prepare an information document to be used during the induction of a new member of staff. Be sure that you relate it to your work role and clearly identify any reference to other documentation. Carefully consider how the information is presented to ensure that each area is produced under clear headings. Task 1: Write an explanation of: * what it means to have a duty of care in own work role * How duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals Duty of care is a requirement and obligation that a person in a caring role has to make sure that others are taken care of and not harmed. It includes watching out for potential hazards and trying to prevent mistakes and accidents. It is important because of a duty of care is not met then the responsible person can be held accountable if things go wrong. A carer in early years has a duty of care to protect the children in their care by following the legislation and the policies and procedures that are in place at the workplace. Policies and procedures are put in place so that there are rules and boundaries to make sure that people know how to work in the setting and what is expected of them to prevent harm and danger to others in the work setting. The Early Years Foundation framework provides assurance to parents that the early years providers that they choose will keep their children safe. There are also legal requirements that relate to welfare. These include the Childcare Act 2006. There is also a government document called ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ that gives instructions on what must be done to ensure that children and young people are
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