Training Professionals in Risk Assessment, Mike Titterton, Consultant, Edinburgh. Risk is intimately linked to notions of trust, blame, danger, uncertainty and pleasure. It also acknowledges the importance of enabling residents to live in a safe environment. I consider that there is a strong indication of harm. However, the findings of the Changing Lives review suggested that effectively managing risk while encouraging innovative and personalised practice was one of social work's biggest challenges. Sections of the book focus on risk management and litigation.
Assessing Risk in Mental Health, Joan Logan, University of Bristol. The guidance also reminds providers that in the health and social care sector many health and safety risks identified for individuals are already assessed and recorded as part of their personalised care plan. Key risks involve client rights, informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communication, conflicts of interest, boundary issues and dual relationships, high-risk interventions, use of technology, consultation, supervision, documentation, and termination of services. The booklet also… This beautifully illustrated guide describes various interactive techniques which social workers can use to engage children in a child protection process. In this session we examine different types of risk assessment schedules and consider whether they can accurately predict the level of risk associated with various cases. The adaptations may enable the resident to help-out safely or additional supervision could be put in place. Offenders and accused persons also tend not to be termed 'service users' and do not have the same participatory rights and lobbying powers that many disabled service users have, for example , not least perhaps because they are considered potentially culpable rather than vulnerable and issues of 'duty of care' tend not to arise; which brings us onto the meaning of vulnerability in risk assessment.
Assessing with Risk 2 Risk is about uncertainty. Vulnerability to abuse or injury can be both self-inflicted and inflicted on others, inadvertently or otherwise. They are also deemed less promising indicators of future risk. However, risk is a normal and often beneficial part of everyday life, but while it enables learning and understanding, in the case of potentially destructive consequences it may need to be monitored and restricted. Focuses on issues related to suicide, self-harm, and dangerousness.
Risk management is often seen as being overshadowed by risk assessment and yet an assessment without an action plan will not reduce the risk but only identify it. This resolve gains strength from the significance attached to risk issues in several public inquiries. Risk Assessment in Social Care and Social Work, Research Highlights in Social Work, No. Risk management handbook for health care organizations. As a social worker, you need to identify individuals who you know need your help.
Titterton defines risk management as 'developing a systematic approach which allows for the planning of risk-taking strategies and for monitoring and reviewing… accountability, clarity and support for staff' 2005: 92. It provides practical advice on these hazards for care homes, although much of its contents will also be applicable in domiciliary care. This harm is an impairment of physical and emotional development and an impairment of physical health. What are core risk assessment skills? It acknowledged that personalising independently provided services meant possibly less regulation and therefore, arguably, greater risk. If your clients are going through something difficult like an abuse of some sort, you have to help in regulating their lives so that they can deal with the challenges. Risk Assessment in Social Care and Social Work outlines the theoretical issues behind the decisions, processes and organisations involved in risk assessment. It also questions whether social work is currently operating within a conflictual or cooperative model of risk assessment and management.
Likewise the abuse or injury can vary between individuals and groups: older people living alone can fall or wander off; young girls can be both the victims and instigators of inappropriate sexual activity; wheelchair users may have restricted access and mobility as well as be subjected to discrimination; and people suffering a psychosis may have sudden relapses following the relaxation of medical and other support in an otherwise illness-free period. It is anticipated that field educators will select, and adapt as required, the aspects of the framework most relevant to their particular placement context. Below are you should check out to get the hang of the job. From this a written plan is developed. But driving is risky so would a risk assessment be required every time I drive? For the purpose of student learning the standard is then divided into key elements which underpin sound social work assessment practice.
In England, the Victoria Climbié Inquiry reported on the essential elements of future good practice in childcare, stating the importance of training in risk assessment and risk management Secretaries of State, 2003, para 17. Such measures could include the selection of a reputable leisure provider, use of protective clothing, safe supportive seating, the selection of a suitable horse and close supervision. This prompts workers to consider follow up actions to obtain further information or use specialist tools to explore specific areas. Risk Assessment and Prediction Research, Bill Beaumont, University of Bristol. The Kids Central Toolkit aims to provide workers and services with information, resources and tools to use child-centred approaches in their work with children, young people and families. Individual chapters describe and compare methods of risk assessment with different client groups, including older people, children, people with mental health problems, and sex offenders. Swindon: Economic and Social Research Council.
They may result in greater predictive power but offer no guidelines for managing risk. There are attempts to counter these defensive tendencies via person-centred risk assessment Titterton, 2005 and the urging of some service users who advocate non-paternalistic models of assessment and care and seek support for calculated, beneficial risk-taking Department of Health, 2005. Paul Durkin is a health and safety consultant advising social services for Kent Council This article is published in the 8 July issue of Community Care magazine under the heading Risk assessment in council social work. Scalding cases and manual handling cases are also tragically common in the care sector. The book will therefore be of interest to practitioners, managers and policy makers whose work entails a review of the decisions involved in working with vulnerable populations. We also have in case you need them too. In the field of mental health, the reading of this book should, in a most specific way, help us to feel greater certainty when making difficult decisions.