Positive Risk Taking in Practice

What is this course about?

When working in care, it may be difficult to stand by and let someone in our care, potentially harm themselves. It may be that we would think we are not doing our job correctly or maybe we would feel we are not being caring. But are we breaking the law by not letting them take risks?

The answer could be yes, because the law says everyone has capacity to make their own decisions until proven otherwise and depriving someone of liberty is only acceptable if they lack capacity and a best interests meeting has agreed it.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘State of Care’ report 2020/2021 highlighted that in adult social care, some care providers and caregivers still need support to “understand positive risk-taking”. In some cases, they fear the repercussions of risk-taking going wrong, causing harm and maybe affecting their reputation or their client’s health. The CQC acknowledged that positive risk taking is better supported in some areas of social care than others. The report stated this overall lack of understanding could result in negative outcomes for clients. This workshop helps to facilitate discussions around positive risk taking.

Course Structure 

This is a workshop style course allowing your staff to explore best practice around your current policies and procedures. The course content has been designed to be delivered in 1 hour, however we have the ability to be slightly flexible with finish times to make sure all relevant content is covered. The session is designed for (up to) 9 candidates, so will easily fit around your staff rota. Call us today to book your workshop course with Redcrier 01823 330022. 

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand Positive Risk Taking

Course Content

  • What is meant by ‘risk’
  • What positive risk-taking is
  • Look at what you are already doing
  • What more could be done to promote positive risk-taking in your care setting
  • What to do if positive risks cause harm

Delivery Styles

Face to Face


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