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Describe conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights

Qualification:Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Duty of Care
Learning outcome: 2. Know how to address conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between an individual’s rights and the duty of care
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Describe conflicts or dilemmas that may arise between the duty of care and an individual’s rights

Although you have a duty of care to protect the individuals that you care for from harm, you also have a duty to promote their rights, independence and choices. Sometimes, this can lead to conflicts or dilemmas between your duty of care and the individual’s rights.

For example:
  • an individual may have severe health risks due to being clinically obese, however, they still choose to eat a fatty and sugary diet
  • an individual may choose to remain a part of a social group in which they are being bullied
  • an individual may refuse important treatment
  • an individual chooses to smoke in bed despite the fire risks
In the next section, we will look at how these conflicts and dilemmas should be managed.