Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

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1. What duty of care means in children and young people settings?

Duty of care is a requirement to exercise reasonable care, attention and caution to avoid negligence which would lead to the harm of other people.

‘The fundamental obligation that anyone working in child care, whatever the type of service and whatever their role, is to keep children safe.’ (Marilyn Hopkins LLB, Dip.Ed.. (March 2006). DUTY OF CARE. Available: http://www.rch.org.au/emplibrary/ecconnections/CCH_Vol9_No1_March2006.pdf last accessed 26/10/11)

It is generally accepted that people in authority have a responsibility for those in their charge. Therefore practitioners in childcare settings owe a duty of care to the children in their care. They are seen as
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 Setting expectations and clear boundaries to discourage behaviour that could result in a child being upset or harmed.
 Assessing and observing child development and being alert to indications a child’s progress is not as expected so the appropriate action can be taken in partnership with parents and other professionals.
 Understanding abuse and being aware of the signs and the procedures to follow if suspected.

The Health and Safety at Work Act contains regulations that we must act on and are legally binding. Approved codes of practise give advice on how to comply with the law and ensure we meet the regulations and guidance notes that give us further information to help us set, review and improve our standards. They cover areas such as risk assessments, arrangements for implementing necessary measures, competent persons, provision of information and training, basic health, safety and welfare, visual display units, appropriate protective clothing and equipment, equipment safety, manual handling, first aid, liability insurance, reporting of injuries, hearing damage, electrical systems and the control of substances.
It helps us safeguard children and ourselves by requiring us to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments at regular intervals for all our activities and the environment we work in. Risk assessments help us to foresee potential hazards

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