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The importance of legislations and policies in health and social care settings, and write about how they promote the safety to individuals

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´╗┐Unit 3 ? Task 3 Legislation, policies and procedures for health, safety and security I am going to produce a report outlining the legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security and their influence on health and social care settings. My report will also include how they policies promote the safety of individuals in a health and social care setting. The government have certain legislations which are designed to keep patients, service users and staff in all public environments safe and secure. This is extremely important as if certain rules and regulations are not put in place then unnecessary accidents may occur which could be otherwise avoided. In some places the acts may be too careful, whereas in other places the acts may not be careful enough in which it is down to the individual setting to put their own rules into place. If the rules laid out are not followed properly then this could cause serious problems, especially in a health and social care setting. My report is only correct on the basis that all people follow the correct procedures exactly as they are worded. ...read more.

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If a child comes to nursery with a bump on the head this needs to be noted to make sure the parent does not blame the nursery. This promotes the safety of the child because it makes sure the nursery is always on hand to know when, what time and why an accident happened. Say problems occur in the future and an accident happened at nursery (nurseries are required to keep their accident records for 21 years) then they may be able to link it to something that happened to the child then. This may prevent lots of testing or anything for the future. The Data protection act (1998) defines the UK law on the processing on identifying living people. In a youth residential home all files need to be locked away in a filing cabinet or they need to be in a password protected computer. This is to protect the child. If someone finds out the information like where their child is and they have been abusing the child then they may be able to kidnap the child or even kill the child. This would all be down to the fact the act was not followed properly. ...read more.

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With children in nurseries or in youth care homes fire doors etc are essential in the safety of the service users because they will not have the capabilities to inhale as much smoke as a healthy adult. Every aspect of this act needs to be thought about in detail and a good plan needs to be set out. Practises and fire drills need to take place to make sure people know what they are doing and to make sure there is time to evacuate everyone safely. The health and safety (first aid) regulations (1981) make sure that the employer has someone there at all times to tend to someone who needs first aid there and then. In nurseries there has to be a first aider present at all times. To promote individual?s safety this act is ideal as if a service user needs first aid there is always someone there to deal with them primarily and if it is serious then until the ambulance arrives. Without it people could even die. In this report I have aimed to explain the acts in detail and why they are so important to health and social care settings. Without any of them nothing would be able to run and if something did go wrong then the setting would be liable. Sara-Louise Billows ...read more.

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