Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare
160 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:15 Dec 2004
ISBN:9781853024825
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Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
How can a social worker assess the risk that an older person with dementia faces? How would a nurse or housing support worker decide on the balance between danger and safety? In cases of potentially serious harm, as in the examples of abused children or sex offenders, can risk taking work? In this practical and accessible book, Mike Titterton offers an innovative model of risk work in health and social care. He argues that a thoughtful risk-taking approach can lead to empowerment and greater independence for vulnerable individuals.The author explores the dilemmas frequently faced when working with older people, homeless persons, and people with physical or learning disabilities or with mental illness, and proposes a systematic framework for assessing and managing the risks involved. He also discusses contemporary theories and definitions of risk, and identifies the essential skills needed by professionals, with an emphasis on developing creative approaches to practice.Offering a wealth of case studies, examples of good practice and a clear overview of the legislative framework, this book is an invaluable resource for social work, health and housing practitioners, trainers and policy makers.
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'Clearly presented and offering in addition a wealth of case studies, examples of good practice and a clear overview of the legislative framework, this book is an invaluable resource for social work, health and housing practitioners, trainers and policy makers.'- Mental Health'The author undertakes a thorough literature review, covers a range of topics from asking what is risk and risk-taking, to providing an overview of the pertinent areas of contemporary concern, including a legal perspective. Professional dilemmas are thoughtfully considered and several useful case studies are included, along with helpful signposts to relevant key roles from the social work degree.'- Community Care
Mike Titterton is a social work, health and housing trainer and consultant based in Edinburgh, and has worked with the topic of risk as a developmental consultant in health promotion in the UK and internationally. Formerly a lecturer in social policy and social work at the University of Glasgow, he has published widely on health and social care, and edited Caring for People in the Community, also published by Jessica Kingsley.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction. 1. What is Risk and Risk Taking? 2. Rights, Responsibilities and the Law. 3. Exploring Welfare Dilemmas. 4. Principles, Policies and Models. 5. Risk Assessment. 6. Risk Management. 7. Linking Risk Assessment and Management. 8. Training Professionals and Laypersons in Risk Taking. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Assessing Risk of Serious Harm in Health and Social Care Settings: The Examples of Child Protection and Sex Offenders. Appendix 2: Risk Assessment and Management Plan. Appendix 3: Sample Case Studies. Appendix 4. A Note on Health and Safety Issues. References. Index.
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