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The agreed ways of working are set of codes by the employer for the social care worker to conduct and inform service users and the public about the standards of conduct they can expect and includes legislation, practice standards and employers’ policies and procedures that should be met. It is the responsibility of social care workers to work within the policy guidelines and following the laid –down procedures and ensuring that their conduct does not follow below the standards set out and that no action or omission on their part harms the wellbeing of service users.
The importance of having full and up-to-date details of the agreed ways working.
It is the requirement of the organisation to adhere to relevant legislation and to form their policies and procedures in respect of new legislation changes .e.g. Equality act 2010 is a fairly new act so necessary that it must be reflected in the organisation’s policies and procedures. To ensure the safety and well being of service users, staff and the public.To ensure staff are clear on their duties, roles and responsibilities and can carry out their job in the right way. The needs of service users change, staff members change, staff skills and abilities change so support plans, guidelines and risk assessments must reflect this, to help providing a service that the individual needs, as set out in their care plan are met. To ensure continuity of care and to prevent misunderstanding and confusion. It’s important that all information is relevant and up to date.