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Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare


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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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Explores the dilemmas frequently faced when assessing risk, and proposes a systematic framework for assessing and managing risk

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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.


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

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