A. What It Means to Have a Duty of Care in One’s Own Work Role?

First and foremost, what is a duty of care? “Duty of care’ is a phrase used to describe the obligations implicit in your role as a health or social care worker.”   Therefore, the duty   of care in one’s own work role is the ability to put the interest of the service user first be it in care homes (nursing and residential ) or their own homes and be able to put them safe by all means from any kind of hazard .
As a carer you owe a duty of care to the people you support, your colleagues, your employer, yourself and the public interest. Everyone has a duty of care – it is not something that you can opt out of.
If you are employed directly to support someone in their own home, duty of care still applies.
To have duty of care in one’s own work role, my employer and I have roles to play.
My employer has duty to:
i. Provide a safe place of work including safe access and egress
ii. Provide and maintain equipment that is safe   and not a risk to health
iii. Provide all necessary information, instruction, training and supervision.
I have duty to:
i. Take reasonable care of my own health and safety,   service user and that of others who may be affected by my activities
ii. Cooperate with my employer, so far as necessary, to enable my employer to comply with any stator duty or requirement.
iii. Deliver quality service to my service user by following my organisational policies and health and safety codes of practice.

B. How duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or Protection of individuals?
The duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or Protection of individual is because our main role as a carer is to keep the service user who is in vulnerable position safe from any form of harm, protecting them from anything that make cause them harm.   Our duty is also to report those that have been abused to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adult team or to the police. We can also help to safeguard or protect individual with record keeping. For example,...