Sch 34 Health and Social Care

Unit 4: Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.

  1) Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice.

1.1) Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role.
Children and young people, especially those within the care or looked after children’s sectors are all vulnerable and very susceptible to harm and outside influences. Within my role as an RCW it is of vital importance that I uphold my “duty of care” to myself, to the children and young people that I work alongside on a day to day basis as well as to my colleagues.
Putting it in layman’s terms, a duty of care is a legal term for safeguarding myself and others.
The children that I work with have all come from a background of abuse or neglect of varying degrees and need support, reassurance and help on a daily basis. It is part of my duty of care to provide these key things to those children that require them. The main elements within the duty of care are: To keep an individual free from harm, to keep the individual safe and also to give the individual choice.
It is my responsibility to make sure that I:
Protect the rights and promote the interests of service users and carers.
Strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of service users and carers.
Promote the independence of service users while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm.
Respect the rights of service users whilst seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people.
Uphold public trust and confidence in social care services.
Be accountable for the quality of my work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving my knowledge and skills within my own work setting.
My knowledge and practice of all of the above factors has become of even more importance as I have recently been promoted to Team Leader within the Children’s Home where I work. Therefore I am now responsible for other...