Duty of care is a key concept in working with children and young people. It is a legal term for safeguarding self and others.
Children and young people are often vulnerable as they are yet to develop the physical and cognitive capacity to fully care for themselves; they need care and protection from adults around them. Health and social care organisations have what is called duty of care towards the people they look after. That means that they must do everything they can do to keep the people in their care safe from harm.
Duty of care means a requirement to exercise a reasonable degree of attention and cautions to avoid negligence which would lead to harm to other people.