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Professional Risk and Working with People


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Preface.1: Risk: Making It Work For and Not Against You. 2: Map and Model. 3: The Law: From Judging to Supporting Decision-making. 4: Risk Assessment. 5: Risk Management. 6: Risk Communication. 7: Risk Procedures. 8: Risk Policies. 9: Risk Strategies. 10: Conclusion. Appendix: Shared Vocabulary of Risk and Risk-taking. References. Subject Index. Author Index. Index of Legislation.

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Advice on assessing and managing risk for all those employed to take risks with or on behalf of other people

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David Carson is Reader in Law and Behavioural Sciences at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. He has written extensively on risk-taking, psychology and law. Andy Bain is Tutor in Community Justice Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.


The style of writing and presentation of complex concepts is a useful model for analysing, monitoring and evaluating any organisation which provides a public service. There are very useful sections on an appendix of shared vocabulary, references, subject index, author index and an index of case law examples used. I would recommend the book for managers of organisations engaged in public service. It may also be useful for anyone involved in working in child protection and requiring a CRB check for their work and also EPs engaged in specialist work such as expert witness, CAMHs and YOT. -- Debate
What makes this book different to many of the previous books on risk for professionals is that rather than focusing on delivering a series of facts and issues, it encourages readers to think through risk issues for themselves in their own context. It provides a clear structure for how risk issues can be framed and how professionals can consider their own practice, the constraints that are sometimes outside their control and, perhaps most importantly, a way of interpreting how their practice relates to the legal system. -- Mental Health Today

For many years David Carson has delivered risk traing workshops to a variety of professionals. These have been stimulating and informative. Much of this book reflects these events, with the exercises refined and the teaching reproduce on paper. This enables newcomers to access Carson's arguments, while also offering a welcome refresh of training ideas for those familiar with his work.

This book is an excellent resource for any health professional - probation officer, social worker or teacher.

-- Professional Social Work
Carson (law and behavioural sciences, U. of Portsmouth, UK) and Bain (criminal and community justice studies, U. of Portsmouth, UK) discuss dealing with risk in health, social care, education, and criminal justice fields, and provide ideas for making decisions, assessment, and management plans. They also describe important legal concepts, methods of communication, thinks that can go wrong in the assessment process, and what should be included in risk policies. -- Book News Inc
The authors are both well qualified to analyse the type of risk decisions increasingly encountered by professional individually and within organisations. Their aims in this book include: provision of a range of aids for professional thinking on risk assessments and management plans; detailing both the benefits and potential harm of risk, explaining relevant legislation and concepts of negligence clearly and accessibly highlighting currently poor procedure and practice; together with advice on satisfying legal requirements; practical advice on effective communication about risk and recomendations for pratice and policy. -- The Rospa Occupational Safety & Health Journal
This a book that every occupational therapist in clinical practice should read. Eash point is illustrated with case examples, spanning across areas such as the prison/parole service, mental health, child protection and medical negligence. This book has an easy, conversational style, making it enjoyable and light to read despite the complexity of the subject matter. The book is thought provoking as it raises almost as many questions as it answers. Occupational therapists, especially those working in 'high risk' settings such as community care or psychiatric services, will find this text an invaluable asset. -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This book is written in clear language throughout, easily accesible to various professionals or beginning professionals in a range of work situations... I found it not only thought-provoking and enlightening, but also an enjoyable read -- SWAP E-bulletin
The authors fully achieve their aims of targeting the professionals making decisions about other people, and suggesting ways that decision makers ought to approach risk. Also practical tools and applied concepts offered, along with accessible straight forward style of writing offers those new to risk decisions the confidence to embrace their work, and those old hands a timely refresher. -- Prison Service Journal

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