Duty of Care

Introduction to Duty of Care

We all know that Duty of Care and Wellbeing have been identified as increasingly important issues across our sector; yet as we work out how to address these issues, we know that there is a need for reliable expertise that can be used in professional practice.

With clear linkages throughout the Core Humanitarian Standard, the CHS Alliance is very pleased to host an area on our website on duty of care and wellbeing. The sections below provide resources from across the sector on the latest thinking and good practice in this area. In some cases, the links provided will redirect you to another website where the resources are hosted. It’s not a definitive list, so if you have anything to offer then please get in touch with us.

The webpages have been organised into the following areas:

  1. Resources and Tools – practical tools and templates that may assist you as you start to build up your work in this area
  2. Partners and Experts – links to organisations and individuals who we know are experts in these areas.
  3. Research – insights and research from the experts are included here
  4. Opinions, articles, blogs, presentations and guides - we’ve attached a number of resources written by experts and who discuss different aspects of duty of care and wellbeing
  5. Case studies and reports – this will provide some insight into current projects that have recently taken place and has provided some evidence of what is effective
  6. Training events – when we hear of events we will publicise them on our social media account but also post the links here

We have considered duty of care to be the moral or legal obligation organisations need to undertake to ensure the health, safety or well-being of others.  It should be good organisational practice and is applicable not just before, during, but also after the period of employment

Wellbeing creates ‘an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation’.1

Thank you to Christine Williamson, Duty of Care International, who has compiled and reviewed these resources.

If you have any comments, questions or resources to add, then please get in touch with us at: info@chsalliance.org


1 CIPD: ‘What’s happening with well-being at work’ - http://www2.cipd.co.uk/NR/rdonlyres/DCCE94D7-781A-485A-A702-6DAAB5EA7B27/0/whthapwbwrk.pdf