Risk Assessment And Risk Management

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Risk Assessment and Risk Management.

To protect the confidentiality of the service users I worked with who are mentioned in this assignment, all service users’ names and any identifying features have been anonymoused. Confidentiality is key for the Social work profession to ensure sensitive information remains undisclosed (Doel, 2012).

The aim of risk assessment is to consider problems or situations where it is likely or unlikely that harm may occur (Adams et al, 2009). Risk is a generic concept based on the assumption that the likelihood of loss, harm or other negative happenings can be estimated or even quantified. When applied to social work, “the complexities of the factors correlated with peoples vulnerabilities and problems tend to make assessment of management of risk a matter of qualitative judgement” (Thevithick 2005, p209). Social workers must be aware of factors that are likely to impose risk to a child or young person and consider how these risks may effect the child’s development. Social workers must assess individuals’ situations regarding needs and risk in detail before judgments are made to determine the most effective intervention and services to support families (Adams et al, 2009).
Calder (2003) states that in circumstances where peoples lives are complex, it is difficult to balance the holistic assessment of needs against the uncertainties of predicting future risks. When Social Work deems there are child protection concerns due to high…
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