How Duty Of Care And The Safeguarding Or Protection Of Individuals

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1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role A duty of care is the requirement that all health and social care professionals, and organisations providing health and care services, must put the interests of the people who use their services first. They also have to do everything in their power to keep people safe from harm. 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. The expression is that we ‘owe’ a duty of care to the people we work with. ‘Owe’ is a useful word to describe the nature of the duty of care because it is just like a debt. It is something that you must pay as a part of choosing to become a…show more content…
In order to exercise your duty of care, staff must ensure that any decisions and choices people make are based on understanding the consequences and potential risks of what they want to do. Care worker role is not to prevent people from doing what they want, but making sure that they know the possible results. This can result in some very finely balanced decisions, especially where there are concerns about someone’s capacity to understand the possible risks and consequences from their actions. The question of capacity to make decisions is highly complex and staff must consider it carefully. It is very easy to make the assumption that because someone has dementia, a learning disability or a long-term mental health problem, for example, they lack the capacity to make decisions about important issues affecting their own life. 2.2 Describe how to manage risks associated with conflicts or dilemmas between an individual’s rights and duty of care The purpose of risk assessment is not to remove risks, but to take reasonable steps to reduce them. The process involves looking at the risk, and considering what can be done to make it less likely that the risk will develop into a reality. This can be done through implementing policies and codes of practice, acting in individual’s best interests, fostering culture of openness and support being consistent, maintaining professional boundaries and following systems for raising concerns. 2.3 Explain where to get additional
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