Unit name: Personal development in care settings
Learning outcome: 1. Understand what is required for competence in own work role
Assessment criteria: 1.3 Describe how to ensure that own personal values, attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work and working practice
When performing your role as a care worker, you should remain professional at all times.
This means that you should not let your own personal values, attitudes or beliefs prevent you from performing your role to highest possible standards.
For example, you may believe that boxing is a bloodthirsty sport and should be banned, however if the person you are caring for is an avid boxing fan, you should still support them in their interests and not try to convince them to have the same beliefs as yourself. If you do this, it could lead to the service user becoming isolated from their friends as they no longer wish to attend their regular activity of going to local boxing events or it could damage the relationship you have with them.
Similarly, if you are a vegetarian, you should still support service users to prepare meat-based meals or if you are devout Christian, you should not try to force your beliefs on an atheist service user.
You should respect each individual’s unique views and beliefs, whilst supporting them and promoting their rights.