Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource

Risk assessment

The emphasis must be on sensible risk appraisal, not striving to avoid all risk, whatever the price, but instead seeking a proper balance and being willing to tolerate manageable or acceptable risks as the price appropriately to be paid in order to achieve some other good – in particular to achieve the vital good of the elderly or vulnerable person’s happiness. What good is it making someone safer if it merely makes them miserable?

Lord Justice Munby (14)

There are multiple ways of assessing risk and each partner organisation working to safeguard adults may use a different method. This will depend on what they are measuring – for example, risk to a person’s health, risk of a criminal offence being committed (with the police) or, if there is an already recognised specific risk assessment format (in the case of domestic violence). It is therefore difficult to formalise a single risk assessment in relation to safeguarding adults, although in any risk assessment model there are key principles and common components, which are outlined below.

A risk assessment is included in the Reources section of this guidance as an example of good practice.

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