risk management

This ‘At a glance’ briefing highlights some of the emerging findings from research and practice regarding risk taking and safety in the implementation of self-directed support and personal budgets. The briefing summarises research findings from UK and international studies and emerging practice. The aim is to highlight evidence of what may help or hinder risk enablement and adult safeguarding in the context of promoting independence, choice and control. It also provides some examples of how practice is developing.

This report is organised into six chapters and explores a range of issues including the approaches to risk assessment by different professional groups and the progress of validation in respect of the different risk assessment tools in use. Comment is made on risk assessment in action, who carries out risk assessments, how they are carried out and the mechanisms that are in place to ensure a consistent approach to risk assessment within organisations.

Paper highlighting some of the risk-related factors which may prevent older people living life the way they want. It also suggests some ways that social care can support people's aspirations and pinpoints some challenges.

Pre-course reading handout for the STRADA one-day module, Substance Misuse in Pregnancy.

Scottish Government publication to help agencies and professionals working with young people who present a risk of serious harm to themselves and others, to strengthen their procedures and strive for excellence. It is a working document expected to grow and develop as new research is published, agencies use the self-assessment tool and provide feedback on its effectiveness, the Social Work Inspection Agency introduces its self-assessment toolkit, and 'Getting it right for every child' drives change in children’s services.

Paper arguing that the management structure and culture of the NHS in England often acts as an impediment to innovation and the introduction of new ideas which may benefit patients and offering suggestions as to how this situation can be improved.

Document setting out the UK Government's approach to tackling violence against women and girls. It is an approach which moves beyond just the criminal justice system and includes roles for all relevant public sector organisations such as central government departments, local government and the voluntary sector.

This report focuses specifically on reducing risk in services to children and families by identifying and learning from near misses in children's services. It aims to start a debate about the management of risk at an organisational level and to support the introduction of the Children Act 2004 in England and Wales and the development of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs).

The JRF’s recent public consultation revealed a strong sense of unease about some of the changes shaping British society. This Viewpoint continues the discussion about modern 'social evils' on the theme of ‘a decline in values’. Julia Neuberger argues that we can change society for the better by deliberately rebuilding trust, opening up our institutions, and stopping the ‘blame culture’ from preventing simple acts of kindness and altruism.

In January 1998, the Minister for Home Affairs announced that the Social Work Services Inspectorate would inspect all sex offender cases supervised by Aberdeen Social Work Department, and such cases in a sample of other local authorities across Scotland, to assess compliance with National Objectives and Standards. This is the Report of these findings.