Duty of Care Certificate


Your Duty of Care is understanding the legislation that protects you and the people around you and your boundaries.  This course will help you understand the legislation that protects you and others, your boundaries as well as those of your organisation and how to work in partnership and deal with any conflicting issues

You have a duty of care to all those receiving care and support in your workplace. This means promoting wellbeing and making sure that people are kept safe from harm, abuse and injury.

Duty of care is a legal requirement; you cannot choose whether to accept it. It applies as soon as someone has care or treatment. Breaking this duty, for example through negligence, could result in legal action.

Your duty of care is also to other workers, for example, in a hospital, to doctors, nurses and healthcare support workers but also to caterers, cleaners and maintenance workers. If you are a home care worker you will probably work alone in a variety of homes, but there may well be other people in the premises, as well as whoever you are there to support. Your duty of care is to each individual and to the other workers you come into contact with in the community.

The duty of care is part of the code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England and will most likely also be in your job description. It is important that you have the knowledge and skills to act on your duty of care in your role but that you don’t work beyond it.