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7.3c Explain why personal views must not influence an individual’s own choices or decisions

When helping individuals to make informed choices, it is important that you must not let your own personal views influence their decision. This is because everyone’s choices are shaped by their background, values, culture etc. It is the individual’s right to weigh their options based on these things and come to a decision on their own.

One of the core beliefs of person-centred values is that the individual knows what is best for their care. If you give your own personal views they might feel pressured to make a choice that they do not feel is best for them. If you’re worried that a decision could affect the individual’s health or social care, give your view and explain why you think that while still making sure they know the decision is their own to make. This will ensure they maintain their independence and right to choose.