Unit 206 Outcome 1

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1.1 explain how a working relationship is different from a personal relationship A working relationship should remain on a professional level. It should never become personal no matter how well you may get on with your client, and to certain extents your colleagues as well. In a social care setting, there are certain guidelines that you must respect and obey that soon highlight the difference between a working and personal relationship. An example of these guidelines is to never promise to keep a secret! Unlike in a personal relationship or friendship, you are inclined, even obliged to do this in order to show your loyalty to a friend. However, this is not the case with your client. Although you may be friendly, you can even have a laugh and joke, you must remain professional and respect the fine line that you are there to provide a service and not a friendship. Although this may sound harsh and inhumane, look at it from this perspective. If your client were to confide in you that he or she were getting emotionally abused by a family member but wanted you to keep it a secret and you agreed to do so, imagine if that client went on to suffer major trauma as a result from you not voicing your concerns, resulting in further abuse by that family member. It is extremely important that you do not give your client false hope. They must understand that you are there to support and listen to them if need be, however if they stress alarming concerns, such as abuse, they then must be made aware that you have no other choice but to report it back to your line manager where such information will be dealt in a confidential and professional manner. In the long run, it all comes down to protecting yourself and those you work for and with. This can include either your clients or colleagues. Another example of this being whistle blowing. As well as voicing concerns about your
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