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Risk Management

For many people taking risks is an accepted part of life. However people with a disability and older people are often discouraged from taking risks, either because of their perceived limitations or fear that they or others might be harmed. This Guidance provides a coherent multi-agency framework which will establish a consistent approach to the processes of risk assessment and risk management whatever the context and environment of care / support. The development of self directed support and personal budgets highlight the need to manage risk effectively: this needs to strike a balance between empowering individuals and protecting vulnerable people. Through the process of risk management to the convening, when necessary, of a Risk Enablement Panel individuals can be supported in the assessment and management of any risks that might be potentially encountered in their support plan and staff enabled to make defensible decisions. Click here to see a copy of the Risk Management Guidance.