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Risk assessment in care and support planning

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Why choose this course?

  • Person Centred Planning is central to all care and support plans
  • increased autonomy and choice may involve higher levels of risk
  • these risks need to be managed and agreed with the person still remaining central and engaged in the process
  • evaluation of capacity is essential to measuring the likelihood of risk and vulnerability
  • working with a person’s Circle of Support can be an effective way of minimising risk
  • care and support plans need to be consistently upheld, without being rigid or institutionalising and communicated to the person who is central to the plan in a way they understand
  • creative communication may be needed for the individual to be fully part of the planning process, and symbols, pictures, photos or audiotapes utilised to ensure this
  • CQC and Supporting People will be monitoring both the process and outcomes of care or support plans
  • positive results ~ the individual understands the consequences of their actions, is able to use support to minimise risk and therefore has a
  • higher level of opportunity with a lower level of vulnerability

Length of course: 1 day 9.30 – 4.30

Expected outcomes: by the end of the course participants will be able to

  • integrate a holistic risk assessment into Person Centred Planning
  • use a range of communication techniques to ensure that the individual is able to understand the relevant issues
  • measure their own and the user of the service’s coping mechanisms
  • evaluate a person’s Circle of Support and suggest ways of strengthening it
  • see the value in risk as part of development and autonomy
  • identify learned behaviours which increase a person’s vulnerability
  • challenge organisational, familial or institutional responses which underpin and maintain ‘secondary handicapping’
  • support the individual to self advocate
  • balance a ‘hopeful future’ with a satisfying present

Nature of training: maximum of 16 participants. Visual, as well as written communication will be used. There will be some lecture style input, small group work and sharing in pairs and the larger group.

All theoretical work will be reinforced by handouts. Participants will be encouraged to think about particular users of service that they work with. Confidentiality will, of course, be strictly observed.

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