Describe two situations which demonstrate a conflict or dilemma between exercising a duty of care and the rights of an individual.

Within my line of work, there are many times that there are conflicts or dilemmas between exercising my duty of care and the rights of an individual.

A typical example may be when an obese client wants to eat junk food or takeaways every day despite it being detrimental to their health. My duty of care obligations require me to encourage the client to have a healthy diet so that they don’t get poorly from overeating or not getting enough nutrition, however I also need to remember that all individuals have the right to make their own choices about what they eat.

Another example would be if an individual with paranoid schizophrenia refuses to take their medication. Everyone has the right to refuse medication and I should respect that, however my obligation to duty of care would require to do everything I can to try to encourage the individual to take it because I know that it would be detrimental to their mental health if they didn’t.