Every opportunity contains risks – a life without risk is a life without opportunities, often without quality and without change.
Traditional methods of risk assessment are full of charts and scoring systems, but the person, their objectives, dreams and life seem to get lost somewhere in the pages of tick boxes and statistics.
A person centred approach seeks to focus on people 's rights to have the lifestyle that they chose, including the right to make 'bad ' decisions. The approach described here uses person centred thinking tools, to help people and those who care about them most think in a positive and productive way about how to ensure that they can achieve the changes they want to see while keeping the issue of risk in its place.
This in essence is a process to gather, in partnership with the person, the fullest information and evidence to demonstrate that we have thought deeply about all the issues involved. Decisions are then guided by what is important to the person, what is needed to keep them healthy and safe and on what the law says. Papers and Articles
Supported Decision Making
A key part of risk is decision making. We have co-written a booklet on Supported Decision Making.
To view this booklet see the downloads box on the left.
A Positive Approach to Risk Requires Person Centred Thinking
Max Neill, Julie Allen, Neil Woodhead, Stephen Reid, Lori Irwin and Helen Sanderson 2008
This article looks at the issue of risk in the lives of people who are supported by human services.
More accurately, it looks at how the issue of risk, as it has traditionally been approached by these services, imposes a barrier to social inclusion and to an interesting and productive life.
The article also proposes an alternative person centred risk process that by beginning with a focus on who the person is, their gifts and skills, and offering a positive vision of success, could avoid the implied aversion to any form of risk