Health and Social Care

Introduction to Duty of care in Health and Social care
1. Describe what is meant by the term ‘duty of care’ and explain how duty of care affects the role of a care worker.
The definition of “duty of care” is a legal obligation and a requirement to adhere to a good quality and standard of care with the best interests of a child, young person, or vulnerable adult, in a way which will not be detrimental to the health, safety and wellbeing of that person.
Social workers have a duty of care to ensure service users are safe, protected from abuse by other service users, staff, carers, friends and family ensure. As a duty of care you are obliged to raise any concerns about any aspect of your work. These can range from inadequate working conditions, poor equipment, poor practice by other staff; to raising concerns about potential abuse cases and situations of neglect. Duty of care and safeguarding work together because it’s a duty of care, to provide protection and safety for a vulnerable adult whilst, at the same time respecting their needs and choices.
It is my duty of care to be aware of the service users needs and that it is essential to ensure that our assistance can be provided safely and effectively, whilst working alongside the organisation’s policies and procedures. Failure to do so, I could be considered negligent or incompetent.   I only delegate duties to others or accept them for myself when it is safe to do so, whilst always protecting the confidential information of those for whom I am responsible, expect where public interest or safety is in conflict.
Describe 2 situations that demonstrate a conflict or dilemma between exercising a duty of care and the rights of the individual.
My duty of care alongside the care professionals is to always strive to ensure the best possible standards of care for service users. However, there can sometimes be conflicts and dilemmas between policies of the organization, the care workers codes of conduct and the...