Values are given as a belief that something is good and desirable. It defines what is important, worthwhile and worth striving for. (Thomas and Pierson 1996)
Values can be political, social, cultural, spiritual and moral. The way an individual expresses their values can be a very individual experience. For example:
we may value the importance of family these are moral and cultural beliefs
Some people are close to their friends than family which could be described as social values.
We may highly regard the importance of freedom of speech political values
For some, attending their place of worship and acknowledging religious festivals is important spiritual values
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Also the seven Care Value Base principles are:
Promoting anti-discriminatory practice
Maintaining confidentiality of information
Promoting and supporting individuals rights to dignity, independence and safety
Acknowledging peoples personal beliefs and identities
Protecting individuals from abuse
Providing effective communication and relationships
Providing individual care
All health and social care workers must consider the Care Value Base in every aspect of their work and employers have the responsibility to make sure that all their staff uphold the Care Value Base which means providing them with information and training.
For staff, provider and users of social care to apply the Care Value Base, employers have codes of practice and work-based policies. Codes of practice are used to guide practitioners on how to behave in the workplace. This ensures that members of staff are aware of the standards of behaviour that are expected, they identify ethical principles on which core values and practices are based. Codes of conduct are produced to describe the basic rights of service users, they emphasise the need for respect of individuals and they stress the importance of confidentiality.
Sometimes in workplaces the staffs believe that as long as they don't intentionally behave in appropriately towards someone then it is a good practice. However, if don't workers stop and think about values and assumptions that some may take for granted, then this could easily offend others without even realising it. For example, asking someone who is Jewish or Muslim Can you tell me your Christian name?. This is why it is important to be aware of own influences and to keep in mind that everyone won't always share similar beliefs and see things the same way.
The Care Standards Act 2000 provided a review of standards within the care sector that were based on care values. The practice of an organisation will need to consider and use these values. Some organisations will make sure potential users of their service are clear about what they should expect, while other organisations may not have this as clear for staff and service users to understand.
How to promote values in the workplace
There are some areas of care practice where workers need to acquire new knowledge to work more effectively with people. Values are an area that underpins all care practice and it is important for workers to consider where they are professionally in terms of their own understanding of these values.