The Role of the Health and Social Worker

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1.1Explain how a working relationship is different from a personal relationship You have a professional duty of care to the individuals you care for which is different to the relationships you have with your friends and family. The relationships with carers and clients is to guide and support individuals and to help them to live as independently as possible. You should listen carefully to individuals and never put pressure on them. It is also important not to cross any professional boundaries with clients and keep your relationships professional. Here are some of the ways that you can maintain professional boundaries: • Be reliable and dependable • Do not form inappropriate intimate or personal relationships with individuals • Promote individuals’ independence and protect them as far as possible from harm • Do not accept gifts or money from individuals or their family members • Be honest and trustworthy • Comply with policies and procedures or agreed ways of working • Cooperate with colleagues and treat them with respect • Do not discriminate against anyone • Maintain clear and accurate records • Continue to improve your knowledge and skills • Respect confidential information and knowing when it is appropriate to share • Report any concerns you may have Most of your clients will rely heavily on your support, for some of them you might be the only person they see from day to day and because of this, it is really important that you do your very best to keep the relationship professional. This will help individuals to feel confident that you are able to support
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