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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| |The Health and Safety Act 1974 also imposes a duty on employees to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be |
| |affected by their actions or failings. An employer’s duty of care and the adult’s duty of care towards children should not |
| |conflict. This ‘duty’ can be demonstrated through the use and implementation of these guidelines. |
| |This means that adults should: |
| |understand the responsibilities, which are part of their employment or role, and be aware that sanctions will be applied if |
| |these provisions are breached |
| |always act, and be seen to act, in the child’s best interests |
| |avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions |
| |take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour |
| |This means that employers should: |
| |ensure that appropriate safeguarding and child protection polices and procedures are adopted,


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