Duty Care

205 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children`s and young people`s settings
205.1 Understand the implications of duty of care
1.1 Define the term   ‘duty of care’
Duty of care means having the main responsibility of caring for someone else. It may be someone who is too young, too old, too ill, or unfit mentally to care for themselves. It may include taking actions for their best interest, and assisting the person with hygiene, safety, meals, transportation, and other medical or physical needs in a way which will not be detrimental to the health, safety and wellbeing of that person.
1.2 Describe how the duty of care affects own role
The duty of care affects my own role on a day to day basis. I have to prioritise and often make decisions for client`s best interest. I must always carry out my duties that are in my job description. I follow procedures and provide a standard of care in line with the principle code of practice in all aspect. I make sure that I have access to all resources and equipment that may assist me, and if I don`t I ask my manager. I ensure confidentiality at all times, I observe and make sure I update my knowledge and skills on a regular basis. I understand the importance and have the confidence to concerns which may be delicate and involve people I have to support and also working colleagues.
205.2 Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care
2.1 Describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual`s rights A dilemma may arise between the duty of care and an individual`s rights when the basic human rights and freedoms of the individual are put to challenge, this could be mental capacity against a care plan or risk assessment, or giving the individual a choice, but at the same time understanding the need to keep the individual safe.
2.2 Explain where to get additional support and advice about how to resolve such dilemmas To get additional support...