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Good Practice in Assessing Risk by Karen Broadhurst

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 for all professionals working in these fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849050593
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Series: Good Practice in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Martin C. Calder is Director of Calder Training and Consultancy Limited, which he established in 2005, having managed the child protection and domestic violence services for Salford. Martin trains extensively on frontline assessment issues and also where the practical becomes political. He continues to be driven to develop and deliver a range of evidence-based assessment tools for frontline staff. He is now involved in addressing issues facing frontline managers dealing with ever increasingly complex cases. Further details on his work and remit are available at

Mike Titterton is a social work trainer and consultant based in Edinburgh, and has worked with the topic of risk as a developmental consultant in health promotion in the UK and internationally. Formerly a lecturer in social work at the University of Glasgow, he has published widely on health and social care.

Table of Contents

Introduction Hazel Kemshall Bernadette Wilkinson 9

1 Professional Risk Taking and Defensible Decisions Kerry Baker 13

2 Positive Risk Taking with People at Risk of Harm Mike Titterton 30

3 The Role of Social Capital and Resources in Resilience to Risk Thilo Boeck Jennie Fleming 48

4 Risk Assessment and Young People Kerry Baker Gill Kelly 66

5 The Fallacy of Formalisation: Practice Makes Process in the Assessment of Risks to Children Sue Peckover Karen Broadhurst Sue White David Wastell Chris Hall Andrew Pithouse 84

6 Mental Health and Risk Tony Maden 102

7 Risk and Intimate Partner Violence Amanda L. Robinson 119

8 Good Lives and Risk Assessment: Collaborative Approaches to Risk Assessment with Sexual Offenders Georgia D. Barnett Ruth E. Mann 139

9 Risk and Personalisation Rosemary Littlechild Jon Glasby Louise Niblett Tina Cooper 155

10 Public Health Approaches to Risk Assessment and Risk Management Jason Wood 174

11 Organisationally Dangerous Practice: Political Drivers, Practice Implications and Pathways to Resolution Martin C. Calder 195

The Contributors 214

Subject Index 217

Author Index 225

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