Unit name: Implement person-centred approaches in care settings
Learning outcome: 7. Understand the role of risk-assessment in enabling a person-centred approach
Assessment criteria: 7.2 Explain how risk-taking and risk-assessment relate to rights and responsibilities
Risk-taking and risk assessment are closely related to rights and responsibilities.
Care staff have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the individuals that they support, however, individuals also have the right to make their own choices, which can lead to dilemmas.
The risk assessment process can be used to support individuals to understand the possible repercussions of their choices and put measures in place to reduce or eliminate these risks. This can help individuals (and staff) to have a positive attitude to risk-taking and promote their strengths and abilities. This can lead to increased self-confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing.