Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 1: Understand the principles of care: Risk assessment
Supporting people to make their own choices means making sure they have the right information about the different options and any consequences.
Some people who work in care may find this hard. They may feel that the person’s choices are dangerous or unwise. This links to the duty of care (in induction standard 2) where there can be conflict.
Look at the following resources:
- Letting a person make their own choices often involves taking risks. People have rights to take risks. Look again at this statement from the Department of Health (DH) quoted earlier in this section:
‘Supporting people to make informed choices – Most of the choices that people make in life naturally involve some element of risk, and the decisions made by people using health and social care are no different. Avoiding risks altogether would constrain their choices and opportunities. Risk is a concept that tends to have negative connotations but people take considered risks all of the time and gain many positive benefits. As new health and social care choices and opportunities arise, they are likely to involve the consideration of taking risks.’
- Remember the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). Look again at the SCIE e-learning resource Making day-to-day decisions about care and support.
- Your employer should have risk assessment procedures. Read it carefully and ask your supervisor to explain anything you do not understand.
Check your understanding
- What are the things that you can do to support people to make their own choices? What might you do to support people who have communication difficulties to make their own choices?
- Write down an occasion when a person you support took a risk that you felt was unwise. How did you deal with it?
Did you know?
- Risk is part of every decision we make in our daily lives.
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.