Common Induction Standards
Standard 5: Principles for Implementing duty of care Factsheet
Diploma in health and social care SHC 24: Introduction to duty of care in health, social care settings.
1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
1.1. Explain what it means to have a duty of care in your work role
Duty of Care in a carers work role |
Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. Your responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of your job role to make this happen. |
“Duty of Care” means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working of your employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends and family and their property |
A negligent act could be unintentional but careless or intentional that results in abuse or injury. A negligent act is breaching the duty of care. If an individual has evidence that you have been negligent, you are likely to be disciplined. You could lose your job and you could have legal action taken against you. |
1.2 Describe how the duty of care affects own work role and how it contributes to the safeguarding and protection of individuals
Duty of Care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals |
In your role you have a duty of care to raise any concerns you may have about any aspect of your work. These can range from inadequate working conditions, poor equipment, poor practice by other staff; to raising concerns about potential abuse cases and situations of neglect. |
It is your duty of care to safeguard individuals from harm. All employees should report any concerns of abuse they have. These might include evidence or suspicions of bad practice by colleagues and managers, or abuse by another individual, another worker or an individual’s...