Duty of Care

  • Duty of Care

As a health or social care worker you owe a duty of care to the individuals you provide services to, your colleagues, your employer, yourself and the public.

‘Duty of care’ is a phrase used to describe the obligations within your role as a health or social care worker.

Everyone has a duty of care – it is not something that you can opt out of.

Your duty of care means that you must aim to provide high quality care to the best of your ability and say if there are any reasons why you may be unable to do so.

  • Every individual should be supported and enabled to live in an environment which is free from prejudice and safe from abuse. Your responsibilities under the duty of care are to do everything reasonable within the definition of your job role to make this happen.
  • “Duty of Care” means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies, procedures and agreed ways of working of your employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends and family and their property.

This session combines a mixture of theory and activity based learning resources incorporating a combination of teaching methods to explore and understand duty of care and our obligations under this legal requirement.  Learners will develop an understanding of responsibilities and how to respond when they feel their duty of care is compromised by a decision or action of another person.


  • The definition of duty of care
  • The law
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Principles
  • Best practice
  • Addressing dilemmas
  • Comments and complaints
  • Incidents, errors and near misses

Theory learning opportunities with independent and group work activities to embed knowledge with the use of scenarios and case studies to develop awareness of conflict and issues.

Course costs £35 +VAT


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