Essay on Duty of Care

1608 Words Nov 29th, 2012 7 Pages
Task 1
1.1 What it means to have a duty of care in your work rol?
Duty of care can be defined as "an obligation, recognised by law, to avoid conduct fraught with unreasonable risk of danger to others". Every teacher and school authority owes a duty of care to take reasonable care to ensure that their acts or omissions do not cause reasonably foreseeable injury to their pupils. („The Law Handbook”.)
A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others.
In general, a practitioner owes to each of his children whilst under his control and supervision a duty to take reasonable care for the safety of the children.
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Another dilemma would be knowing when to break confidentiality and share information. If you have any concerns about a child or feel they are at risk you need to share them and report it, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Example of potential conflict or dilemma in the setting: A child refuses to eat their lunch at the nursery. How to manage this situation?
Fruit is available all day and the fact that they haven’t eaten is recorded to ensure parents are made aware. Where to get additional support and advice? I would consult with the childs parents for advice on likes and dislikes, and strategies which would help at mealtimes.
2.2 - How to manage risks associated with conflicts or dilemmas between an individual’s rights and the duty of care. It is the right of every individual in our care to make choices and take risks. It is our role to assist them in making those choices and reducing the risks without compromising their rights. An individual may be restricted if his or her behaviour presents a serious risk of harm to his or herself or to other people. (Principles to implementing duty of care).
The duty of care could conflict with children’s rights to have experiences wich facilitate their development and learning. An element of challenge and risk taking in children’s play, is essential in enabling children to learn how

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