Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health Social Care or Childrens and Young Peoples Settings

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|Assignment 055 Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings | |
| |Task A |
|1 |What does duty of care mean in children and young people settings? |
| |Duty of care can be defined as "an obligation, recognised by law, to avoid conduct fraught with unreasonable risk of danger |
| |to others". Early years settings owe a duty of care to take reasonable care to ensure that their acts or omissions do not |
| |cause reasonably foreseeable injury to the children in their care.
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Failure to do so may be regarded as neglect. |
| |The duty of care is in part, exercised through the development of respectful and caring relationships between adults and |
| |children and young people. It is also exercised through the behaviour of the adult, which at all times should demonstrate |
| |integrity, maturity and good judgement. |
| |Everyone expects high standards of behaviour from adults who work with children and young people. When individuals accept |
| |such work, they need to understand and acknowledge the responsibilities and trust inherent in that role. |
| |Employers also have a duty of care towards their employees, both paid and unpaid, under the Health and Safety at Work Act |
| |1974. This requires them to provide a safe working environment for adults and provide guidance about safe working |
| |practices. Employers also have a duty of care for the well-being of employees and to ensure that employees are treated |
| |fairly and reasonably in all circumstances. The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out important principles regarding protection of |
| |individuals from abuse by state organisations or people working for those institutions. Adults who are
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