Health and social care practitioners are not only responsible for safeguarding the individuals they work with but they also have a duty of protect themselves from being accused of behaving unprofessionally or suspected of causing harm or abuse towards the individuals they provide care and support to. For example a community support worker who is supporting an individual to prepare their lunch safety at home should ensure that a risk assessment has been undertaken previous to the activity taking place including the measures that have been agreed and put in place to eliminate any risks to the individual such as a fall or a cut or from the activity itself such as fire. The full risk assessment including the controls in place must then be documented clearly so that should an incident occur during the activity then the health and social care practitioner can show that they had taken into account the individual’s safety and had done their upmost to protect the individual.
To safeguard themselves health and social care practitioners must act fairly at all times when working with individuals and recognise individuals unique needs. They should not put themselves in any situations that are unsafe or have the potential to cause danger or harm to themselves.
Safeguarding policies and procedures in place for all organisations must be followed to ensure that vulnerable adults and children are kept safe. It is likely that the researcher will require a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. For example you are going to for a job interview they will check you DBS or other documents to make sure that you haven’t done any crime.
A whilst blowing is someone who discloses illegal or dangerous activity in an organisation or workplace. Whilst blowing is protected by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. To be protected by the law any disclosure made must be in the public interest which means that it must have the potential to affect other people.
Health and social care workers have the duty of care and the well being of the patient or service user is paramount. Information can be kept confidential and only shared on s need to know basis for example with the safeguarding officer. A need to know basis means that information should only shared with those who would be unable to do their job properly without the relevant knowledge. It may involve revealing only the minimum amount of information required about an individual. Therefore that same information should be kept confidential from others, including relatives and colleagues who don’t need to be aware of the information. Policies and procedures of the setting should be followed and will provide information on who to disclose to and in what format and guidance on what to include or not.
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