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ERIC Number: EJ947613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Promoting Service User Inclusion in Risk Assessment and Management: A Pilot Project Developing a Human Rights-Based Approach
Greenhill, Beth; Whitehead, Richard
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n4 p277-283 Dec 2011
Recent reports highlight the extent to which many people with learning disabilities are not afforded access to their basic human rights. In addition, traditional approaches to risk management often focus on professional assessments of risks and challenging behaviour and exclude service user perspectives. In this paper, we outline what we believe to be the key principles of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to risk assessment and management. We argue that if we balance the human rights of service users, their carers and members of their communities, we can, in effect, manage risk within a much more positive paradigm. A HRBA to risk emphasises service user inclusion, recognises the impact of diverse identities on risk behaviours and makes the human rights in risk management decisions explicit. We believe a human rights approach offer a coherent unifying framework for much current best practice; prompting all involved to design proactive, proportional risk management strategies which balance the rights involved in the person's risky behaviours with the rights involved in the management strategy. The tools we have developed within our service, structuring a HRBA to risk assessment and management, are briefly presented. Case examples are included to illustrate key points.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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