Duty of Care

Duty of Care Level 3
      1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
Duty of care means that as a carer I have the duty to ensure I follow safe working practices and company policies to ensure that the service users are safe and free form harm, giving them the chance to remain independent with rights and choices being respected. It is my duty to attend training to keep up to date with policies and procedures to keep service users safe and in the event of poor practices it is my duty to report it to the relevant bodies.

1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.
By following my duty of care I would work within policies and procedures, follow health and safety and respect the rights of individuals, it would be down to me to report anything that I feel puts the service user at risk. Refuse to work in unsafe environments and to ensure risk assessments and training is up to date to make the service user receives the correct care ensuring the service users are aware of their rights and their choices are respected protects them from potential abuse.

2.1 Describe potential conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an
Individual’s rights
Conflicts and Dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individuals rights could be staff having a difference of opinion over a service user for example a staff member believing they have signs of abuse and another staff member thinking they don’t. This could lead to conflict between the service user’s family and carers if staff involved other agencies such as Social Services. Dilemmas could be knowing when to get further help regarding the service user’s protection and safeguarding issues for example if you did not refer the case to social services the service user might still continue to suffer abuse. Another dilemma would be knowing when to break confidentiality and share information. If you have any concerns about a...