Unit name: Implement Person-Centred Approaches in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 5. Be able to support the individual’s right to make choices
Assessment criteria: 5.3 Explain why a worker’s personal views should not influence an individual’s choices
When supporting an individual to make their own choices, it is essential that you do allow your own personal views to influence that person’s decision.
This involves being factual and objective in the information that you provide. For example, if you are supporting an individual to decide who to vote for in a general election, you should explain the pros and cons of each of their options without letting your own political beliefs sway their decision.
By influencing an individual’s decision-making process (even inadvertently), it can result in them making choices in an effort to please you or avoid conflict as well as make a decision that is not right for them and make them feel that they are not in control of their lives.
Conversely, by ensuring that your personal views do influence an individual’s choices, you are demonstrating that they are valued and respected and have control over their own lives.
In addition, it demonstrates that your practice is in line with legislation, best practice and standards.