Identifying risk should involve a balanced, proportionate approach which looks at acceptable/unacceptable levels of risk, taking into account the view of the adult and their family or advocate as well as those of professionals.
Sources of risk might fall into one of the four categories below:
The primary aim of risk assessments is to assess:
Assessments of risk abuse, neglect and exploitation should be integral in all assessment and planning processes including assessments for self-directed support and personal budget arrangements.
Risk assessments should establish:
It is the collective responsibility of all parties involved, including the adult and their family and/or advocate, to:
Any plan to manage the identified risk and to put in place safeguarding measures should always identify actions that must be taken immediately to safeguard the adult at risk and/or others. Partner based structures that could assist the management of risk should also be considered.
It is the collective responsibility of all organisations to share relevant information, make decisions and plan intervention with the adult.
The focus must be on the management of risk rather than a description of risks. Employers need to take responsibility for the management of risk within their own organisation and share information responsibly where others may be at risk from the same source. All organisations are responsible for supporting holistic risk management, with the adult and in partnership with other agencies.
Positive risk management needs to be underpinned by widely shared and updated contingency planning for any anticipated adverse eventualities. This will include warning signs that indicate risks are increasing and the point at which they become unacceptable will trigger a review.