• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Risk Assessment Criteria 1

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Risk Assessment Criteria 1 Introduction In this outcome I will explain the various concepts and dimensions of risk and what their potential impact can be on service users and service users rights within the care sector. What is risk? The definition of risk is "a hazard, a danger, exposure to mischance or peril". (Oxford English Dictionary 1997) Alaszewaki and Manthorpe define risk as "the possibility that a given course of action will not achieve the desired outcome but instead some undesirable situation will develop". (Alaszewski & Manthorpe 1991) My own definition of risk is making decisions that you know will have either a negative or positive outcome therefore risk assessment is calculating the negatives and positives and trying to assess which is better, on doing this you should have the best result of that decision. ...read more.

Middle

"Analysing and risk behaviour means assessing competing rewards and costs" (Griffiths & Waterson.) The losses for a service user obviously depend on the circumstances but they would be defined, as things like: * Independence - having to go into a care home. * Dignity - not being able to wash and dress yourself. Both of these losses would also have an impact on the service users Self Esteem. The gains for the service user would also depend on the circumstances but a few examples would be: * Support - gaining support from the welfare sector to help them have a happier life. * Friendship - If they were living on their own, they would make friends with people in a care home for example with people in the same situation as themselves. ...read more.

Conclusion

When assessing the severity of a situation it is important to think about what is the worst that could happen in that given situation. When assessing the likelihood, it is making a judgment on the severity and the chance that it might happen i.e. is it likely, unlikely etc. This is defined as follows: SEVERITY x LIKELIHOOD = RISK 3 - Major 3 - Highly Likely 9 - Greatest 2 - Serious 2 - Likely 1 - Minor 1 - Unlikely 1 - Lowest (HSENI handout Professional Practice) www.hseni.gov.uk/InfoandGuide/risk.pdf 28.10.03 To conclude "Risk assessment in social work is not a precise, scientific or straight forward business, it might be the case that the technical decision is a 'decision under uncertainty' (Nogel 1976 p143) so we would in fact say that the social workers assessment was correct or incorrect according to the outcome"(Banks S. 2001, p 19). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Economic situation in China

    Mostly activists groups made the world aware of the working conditions in the third world countries and those groups accused many multinational corporations with child labor usage and terrible working conditions in their factories operated abroad. This of course created some groups of customers who boycotted products of the companies who exploited children.

  2. Health and Social care

    Self-referral is when the client themselves chooses to go to the service or use the service. In order to do this, the client must either visit the surgery or contact them by telephone in order to schedule an appointment or register, if they have already done so.

  1. Why family structures are changing.

    the family members they can become scared of the partner who is abusing the other family members. If the violence is continued around the child his/ her feeding routines are disrupted they will not get the correct meals each day therefore this can lead to increased infections due to lack of nutritional food.

  2. Legal & Welfare

    Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent/carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes ill health to a child.

  1. Unit 1, Drama exploration of childhood

    Finally the defining moment which the whole opening sequence was leading up to. This was when someone committing suicide killed Amelie's mother. This would have been the last stroke and changed her completely from a playful and loud child to being very quiet and still.

  2. Family Support Resource

    Achieving the tasks, for which no prescribed methods or techniques are proposed within task-centred literature. 5. Termination is built in from the beginning. When reviewing the achievements, the workers efforts are examined, not merely those of the client or the other helping networks.(p.118)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work