A Positive Approach To Risk Requires Person Centred Thinking

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This article describes a person centred approach to risk to help think in a positive and productive way about how goals of people with disabilities can be achieved while considering the risks.


This is a risk management approach aimed at thinking, acting and learning about and from risk, taking in supporting a person with disability to reach their life goals. It uses person centred thinking tools in a process that starts with listening to and understanding the person with a disability.

Service users and their family/carers are actively involved in the risk assessment and it all starts from a positive view of the person. Creative solutions are developed to find ways to keep the person safe while still taking the risk. There is a strong emphasis on continous learning.

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  • Author: Max Neill, Julie Allen, Neil Woodhead, Stephen Reid,
  • Date: Before 2012
  • Target Audience: Tactical level (senior management, corporate services)
  • Access to Item is free?: Yes
  • Type of Resource: Study/monograph