Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource

Risk assessment: Key principles

Assessing the risk to vulnerable people against their right to make choices about how to live their life is difficult, and in any given situation different people will have different views on striking the right balance. This means that agreement on the degree of risk in every situation may not be possible. However, professionals should have a common understanding of the principles they are working to, the legal structures in place, and the documentation that can help and that they need to complete. It can be helpful to bear in mind the following key principles:

The case of Cardiff Council vs Peggy Ross is included in the Resources section of this guidance as a good example of the challenges in balancing risk and choice.