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CLIENTS IN A SOCIAL CARE SETTING SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITIES" - DO YOU AGREE?

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"CLIENTS IN A SOCIAL CARE SETTING SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITIES" I would disagree with the above statement. Having worked for a number of years in the field of social care (mostly supporting adults who have a learning disability and/or mental health problem), I am of the opinion that in most instances you can't have rights without responsibilities. People who have a Learning Disability often come up against negative attitudes and perceptions regarding their disability from people in so called "mainstream society". The facts are that people with Learning disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as every other member of society. Article 2 of the Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, gender, language, religion, political, birth or other status..." ...read more.

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Client's responsibilities relating to this right would be that the client respects the privacy rights of the other individual that live or work in the house. It could also be said that if the client has a key to his or her own room the safekeeping of the key would be the client's responsibility. Another right of the client I've chosen to identify is the clients right to confidentiality. One example that could promote this right would be for staff to familiarise themselves with the organisations confidentiality policy document and ensure that the clients are made aware of the contents, supporting them to understand the importance of confidentiality to themselves and others. Another way to promote the rights is to store any confidential material or documents in a secure place, e.g. ...read more.

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This may often lead to staff having a different value basis than is required to work in a social care setting. Organisations are now recognising the need to work in partnership with clients; ensuring clients are consulted in all aspects of their care. Organisations also have various policy documents that promote and protect client's rights and responsibilities, and, also the use of client complaints procedures and independent client advocates ensure that client rights are being upheld at all times. Only when all organisations statutory, voluntary and private begin working in a client centred manner; that is, making the service fit the people and not the other way round, we can say that clients are having all individual rights and the responsibilities that go with these rights they are entitled too. Word Count - 728 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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