Health and Social Care - Duty of Care


TC 205.1 - Understand the implications of duty of care.
Assessment Criteria
      1.1 - define the term ‘duty of care’
A duty of care means that all health and social care professionals and organisations providing health and care services, must act in the best interests of the people they support. They also have to do everything in their power to keep people safe from harm and exploitation. As a care professional you must ensure that you do not do something, or fail to do something, that causes harm to someone. You have a professional duty of care to act only within you own competence and not to take on something you are not confident about. Your duty of care underpins everything that you do, it is what underlies the Codes of Practise and it should be built into your practise on a day to day level. Exercising your duty of care is also a legal requirement, and is tested in court in the event of a case of negligence or malpractise.
      1.2 - describe how the duty of care affects own work role.
People have a right to expect that when a professional is providing support, they will be kept safe and not be neglected or exposed to any unnecessary risks. Having duty of care towards the people you work with is not unique to social care, this includes anyone from teacher to doctor. Thinking about the duty of care that you owe to people is helpful when you are planning your work. It makes you consider whether what you were planning to do is in the best interests of the person you are working with. This is not only about physical risks; you can also have duty of care to treat people with dignity and respect.
TC 205.2 - Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care.
Assessment Criteria
2.1 - describe dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights
Exercising duty of care is not about wrapping people in cotton wool or preventing them from taking any risks. Just participating in everyday...