Duty of care means that practitioners take on the resposibility of safegauring children in their care and making sure that the welfare of the child is being met. This will be incororated by the adults are supervising the children appropriately and being observant to make sure there are no potential hazards. Meaning that there are no mistakes and accidents by making wise choices about steps undertaken in a role. Enabling environements which is free from predudice is an important part of the role of a practiotioner, this is where the whistle blowing policy comes into practice.
Keeping up to date with all the policies and procedures that are new in to the setting
1. childrens icpc's.
4. appropriate staffing- level 3 qualifacations and training.
5. Risk assessments
6. knowing what people work within your setting, for example social workers, speech and language etc
7. where to go if you have a problem with a staff member
Duty of care should include: -
Keeping an individual safe and secure
To give plenty of choice to maintain independence
This involves: - interacting with the children/young people to get the best out of them. looking out for potential hazards. preventing accidents by putting risk assessments in place. being aware of the signs of abuse by keeping up to date with the correct training.
Working with vulnerable people has a significant duty of care. The care and attention of the staff helps to keep them safe, and to help them communicate their feelings and dangers by using PEC boards and by putting in routine/boundaries and risk assessments.
Conflicts and Dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and individuals rights could be staff having a difference of opinion over a resident for example one staff member believes they see some form of abuse but another staff member disagres. This could lead to conflict between staff involved and other agencies such as Social Services. Dilemmas could be knowing when to get further help regarding child protection and safeguarding issues for example if you believe the child is being abused but the team leader/senior did not go further with this accusation and the case was not refered to social services the child/young adult might still continue to suffer abuse. Another dilema is when to whistle