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Duty of Care

A legal obligation on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others.

In relation to workers in the social care sector, their duty of care is defined by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as a legal obligation to:

  • Always act in the best interest of individuals and others;
  • Not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm;
  • Act within your competence and not take on anything you do not believe you can safely do.

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