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Risk Assessment Criteria 1

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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.


"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.


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.

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