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10.1b Explain their own role and responsibilities in safeguarding individuals

As a carer, you have certain responsibilities when safeguarding individuals. It may be thought of as abuse or neglect if you cause harm to an individual or do not do the things you should to prevent them from being harmed. As such, it is important that you know the ways of working to safeguard adults in your workplace.

The policies and procedures in your workplace will tell you how to meet the Care Quality Commission’s Fundamental Standards of Quality and Safety and ensure the individuals you care for don’t come to harm. Regardless, you should familiarise yourself with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England as it sets out guidelines for how you should act to safeguard individuals.

Among other things, the Code of Conduct states that you should “Always make sure that your actions or omissions do not harm an individual’s health or well-being”. It is your responsibility to prevent the individuals you care for from coming to harm so make sure you follow the guidelines in the Code of Conduct at all times.