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3.1a Define ‘duty of care’

As a carer, it is important that you understand what your ‘duty of care’ means. In essence, it means you should promote well-being and make sure that those you care for are safe from harm, abuse and injury. You should make sure that you are following your duty of care at all times as it is a legal requirement.

Your duty of care doesn’t only apply to those you care for, it also applies to other workers as well. You should also pass on any concerns you might have about an individual’s well-being as part of this. Concerns could range from anything to poor working conditions to suspected abuse. If you are unsure about how to act, you can always ask your manager. This is important, as agreed ways of working and fulfilling your duty of care vary between workplaces.