Understand How Duty of Care Contributes to Safe Practice Shc 34

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.

A duty of care is an obligation that any child or young person that is in your care is well looked after and not harmed during a particular task. Within my setting I carry out daily checks to ensure that my setting inside and outside is safe before the children arrive. I make sure that my setting is clean which therefore reduces the risk of spreading affections. I keep up to date my first aid and that I have a fully stocked first aid box. I make sure accident forms are completed in the event of an accident occurring and that all parents are fully informed, who then sign any forms that need to be filled out. “ Work with children brings significant duty of care, and younger and more vulnerable the child, the greater the duty of care” Tassoni page 43.
1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals.

By ensuring risk assessments are being carried out within a setting, also to make sure all equipment and toys are safe, and cater for the appropriate age. By making sure there are no hazards like cleaning materials being left out and all electrical sockets being left uncovered, this is to prevent any harm to child and young people in my setting. Ensuring the setting is always clean to stop the spread of infection. That food is stored properly to stop cross-contamination and that the kitchen is clean to stop the spread of germs. The childcare provider must set out clear expectations and boundaries for children behaviour and to use ways of discouraging behaviour that might harm or distress others within the setting. Being aware and observing children and assessing their development, so that if they do not meet their development that appropriate action can be made with informed parents. Finally if you suspect harm or abuse that you are aware of the procedures to follow if you suspect a child is...