Cypw Level 3 Shc34.1 Understanding How Duty of Care Contributes to Safe Practice.

( unit SHC 34)                                                                                                                  
Duty of Care   is                                                                                                                
“the legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services, or exposed to your activities” ( Collins English Dictionary)
Implementing this into my work role means taking into account the needs of the children, their parents, carers and family and also the staff and other visitors to the setting, following the current legislation to provide the best practise to protect them from harm, doing risk assessments indoors and outside to assess situations and prevent potential hazards. But also, taking into account not to overprotect the children as they need to be able to learn by ‘doing’, and if they are restricted too much they will not learn their limits, abilities and the consequences of their actions.
The types of risks that we need to consider are personal safety, physical, security (especially on arrival and departure), fire and food safety. We follow the EYFS framework and have policies in place to cover these and each member of staff should be familiar with these.
We need to be able to observe and assess the children and become familiar with what is normal for them, so keeping to the specified staff/child ratios and assigning a keyperson to each child will ensure that their development and safety is monitored and appropriate action can be implemented if need be. This is also relevant for recognising any   signs of abuse, making sure that incident records and   notes of any signs are made, dated and kept with the child’s confidential records   and appropriate agencies contacted as necessary.

Conflicts and dilemmas
Conflicts and Dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individuals rights could be something as simple as the food in a child’s lunch box....