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  • Learn how to assess risk in social care using systematic methods.
  • Appreciate the importance of a balanced approach to risk.
  • Discover the dangers and pitfalls of adopting a defensive 'risk-averse' approach.


Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing and managing risk in social work!

Risk issues are an inevitable part of social work and the situations social workers are called upon to deal with. If we are not careful the risks can generate considerable anxiety that reinforces a defensive approach to risk. Then a vicious circle can develop and risk issues can come to be managed very poorly. This course has been designed to help avoid such a vicious circle from arising or to stop it if it has already begun. It can help you develop a more positive approach towards risk issues.


The Course

Protecting vulnerable people from harmful situations (abuse, for example) is a key part of social work. It is complex and demanding work. At the heart of it is the importance of adopting a balanced approach to risk, neither complacent, nor overzealous. To achieve this balance we need helpful risk assessment tools, and that is precisely what this course offers. It also provides guidance on how to stop anxiety about risk from getting in the way of addressing the issues involved in a clam and professional way that avoids defensiveness.

The course includes a Module Companion Workbook which you should print out before starting the course. It contains exercises to help you think about the issues covered and consolidate your understanding. It also contains space for you to make notes as you work your way through the course. After you have completed the course you will then have a valuable resource to serve as a reminder of your learning and a reference source.

You should take this course if you want to feel more confident and better equipped to rise to the challenges involved in risk assessment and management.


Course Modules

  • Module 1 - Risk Assessment and Management, Living with risk, Your approach to risk
  • Module 2 - Anxiety about risk, Understanding anxiety, Managing anxiety, managing risk
  • Module 3 - The consequences, Distorting risk, Not being an anxiety victim
  • Module 4 - A more positive approach, Transactional analysis, A holistic approach
  • Module 5 - Incidence and impact, Incidence: Key factors, Impact: Key factors
  • Module 6 - The Brearley model, Brearley revisited, Managing risk
  • Conclusion