Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 2: Understand the organisation and the role of the worker: Worker relationships
This is about your responsibility to people in your care. It is important to recognise that this is a professional relationship which has boundaries. One way to think about this is to consider how the relationship differs from your relationships with family and friends.
Consider the following statement:
For me, dignity is about seeing the individual person and respecting their own space and their way of life.
What do you think this means? Follow the link to SCIE’s Dignity in care guide. It is worth noting that this approach is basic to everything you do in your work with people who use services.
Look at the following resources:
- SCIE Care Skillsbase, Skills check 32: Understand the job: role of the health and social care worker. This will help you understand a number of tasks that come with your role. You will also see how important it is to communicate clearly with the person you are caring for and the person you are responsible to.
- The Codes of practice for social care workers. This covers a set of behaviours (and values) that you must adopt. It will help you to understand your responsibilities as well as the limits to your role.
- Your job description. This should give you an outline of what your employer expects of you. If you don’t have one, ask for one.
Check your understanding
- Think of an individual you care for or support. Write down what you do to support them.
- Think about how you communicate with this person.
- Refer to your job description. Note down anything you are not clear about and ask your supervisor or manager.
- How might you support someone you are providing care for to access a doctor?
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.