Good Practice in Assessing Risk

Good Practice in Assessing Risk : Current Knowledge, Issues and Approaches

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Maintaining a balance between managing and assessing risk and upholding the required high standards of practice in health and social care can be demanding, particularly in the current climate of increased preoccupation with the difficult tensions between rights, protection and risk-taking.

Good Practice in Assessing Risk is a comprehensive guide to good practice for those working with risk, covering a wide variety of health, social care and criminal justice settings including child protection, mental health, work with sex offenders and work with victims of domestic violence. The contributors discuss a range of key issues relating to risk including positive risk-taking, collaborating with victims and practitioners in the design of assessment tools, resilience to risk, and defensibility. The book also explores the role of bureaucracy in hindering high quality professional practice, complex decision-making in situations of stress or potential blame, and involving service users in assessment.

This book reflects the latest policy and practice within health, social care and criminal justice and will be an invaluable volume to all professionals working in these fields.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 322.05g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 figures, 8 tables
  • 1849050597
  • 9781849050593
  • 465,583

Table of contents

Introduction. Hazel Kemshall, De Montfort University, UK and Bernadette Wilkinson, KWP Training and Consultancy, UK. 1. Professional Risk Taking and Defensible Decisions. Kerry Baker, University of Oxford, UK and Bernadette Wilkinson. 2. Positive Risk Taking with People at Risk of Harm. Mike Titterton, Director, HALE (Health and Life for Everyone), UK. 3. The Role of Social Capital and Resources in Resilience to Risk. Thilo Boeck and Jennie Fleming, De Montfort University, UK. 4. Risk Assessment and Young People. Kerry Baker and Gill Kelly, KWP Training and Consultancy, UK. 5. The Fallacy of Formalisation: Practice Makes Process in the Assessment of Risks to Children. Sue Peckover, University of Huddersfield, UK, Karen Broadhurst, Lancaster University, UK, Sue White, Lancaster University, UK, David Wastell, University of Nottingham, UK, Chris Hall, University of Huddersfield, UK, and Andrew Pithouse, Cardiff University, UK. 6. Mental Health Risk. Tony Maden, Imperial College London, UK. 7. Risk and Intimate Partner Violence. Amanda Robinson, Cardiff University, UK. 8. Good Lives and Risk Assessment: Collaborative Approaches to Risk Assessment with Sexual Offenders. Georgia D. Barnett and Ruth E. Mann, Interventions and Substance Misuse Group, National Offender and Management Service, UK. 9. Risk and Personalisation. Rosemary Littlechild and John Glasby, University of Birmingham, UK with Louise Niblett and Tina Cooper. 10. Public Health Approaches to Risk Assessment and Risk Management. Jason Wood, De Montfort University, UK. 11. Organisationally Dangerous Practice: Political Drivers, Practice Implications and Pathways to Resolution. Martin C. Calder, Calder Training and Consultancy, UK. The Contributors. Index.
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Despite my quibbles about the move to assessing risk rather than needed, this book is well worth reading and digesting. -- PSW As a clinician, academic, and someone who works closely with high-risk offenders with complex needs, I would recommend this text for mental health nurses, and I think it provides a good discussion point for staff who want to improve risk assessment and violence prediction within their teams. The book helps the reader to identify areas that could be enhanced in their practice, risk assessment and management plans, and also their organisational policies and support mechanisms.

I would certainly read this book again, keep it as useful reference material and recommend to mental health students or qualified practitioners. -- Mental Health Nursing This book is well laid out and readable, enabling the practitioner or manager to quickly assimilate salient facts and approaches which can be applied readily. As a manager and practice teacher, I see many uses for it in both day to day decision making and in helping students develop and awareness of the multifarious nature of risk, risk assessment and risk management processes. Overall, it is a very useful resource for social workers across the spectrum of practice. -- Rostrum
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About Jacki Pritchard

Hazel Kemshall is Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She has published widely on risk assessment and management, and was co-editor, with Jacki Pritchard, of Volumes 1 and 2 of Good Practice in Risk Assessment and Risk Management. Bernadette Wilkinson is an independent trainer and consultant in the field of criminal justice, with a particular interest in assessment and planning and the management and assessment of risk of harm.
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