MHT09 – Risk Assessment Processes. Safeguarding Service Users & Staff

This workshop supports organisations to better-manage the safeguarding and safety of service-users, those in contact with service-users and general staff safety. It supports all staff in contact with service-users to be more aware of mental health & risk issues which will help them fulfil their responsibilities for supporting management in developing risk stratifications and management protocols. This workshop addresses risk assessment / identification, and stratification / management concerns with a key focus on identification / risk assessment processes relevant to:

  • Self neglect and risk-related behaviours;
  • Potential violence / offending risks within the service’s client group;
  • Self-harm and suicide-related risks;
  • Sexual offending;

The training will also support delegates to better identify comorbid mental disorders through increased awareness of diagnostic markers. A brief overview of NICE Guideline pathways, patients’ rights and psychological and pharmaceutical interventions and complications will be included in the training.

The following key points are considered in the workshop:

  • Risk assessment should be based on sound evidence and analysis;
  • Risk assessment tools should inform rather than replace professional judgement;
  • All professionals involved in risk assessment should have a common language of risk and common understanding of the main concepts;
  • Robust systems should be in place to identify and manage a range of risk-related concerns;
  • Information sharing for risk assessment should be based on clearly agreed protocols and understanding of the use of such information;
  • Risk assessment should not be seen as a discrete process but as integral to the overall management and minimisation of risk.

With the above clearly in mind:-

The training will feature case studies designed to improve knowledge and insights which will aid the overall assessment and management and minimisation of risk.

A selection of standard risk assessment tools will be employed in the training that will support actuarial historical variables (such as age, gender, history of risk-related behaviours, numbers of previous offences), with clinical variables (such as diagnoses, PCL-R scores, insight, treatment compliance etc). These include: The Galatean Risk and Safety Tool (Grist)*, The Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG), Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG), Historical Clinical Risk-20 (HCR-20), Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20), Rapid Risk Assessment of Sexual offence Recidivism (RRASOR), Linehan Risk Assessment & Management Tool (LRAMP). * Use of Grist is subject to approval by its authors.

The training will ensure a common understanding of the main concepts and language / terminology to ensure that standardised practice is delivered. Data-sharing protocols will be addressed in the training .

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