Promoting quality care: good practice guidance on assessment and management of risk in mental health and learning disability services

NORTHERN IRELAND. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Northern Ireland. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
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108p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Rev. Ed.

This guidance describes the principles of best practice to assist individual mental health and learning disability care professionals, multidisciplinary teams and the organisations within which they work, to make decisions about managing the potential risk that service users may cause harm to themselves or others (including the staff who care for them, their families, carers or the general public). This guidance aims to embed risk assessment and management into daily practice and ensure that all individuals who require treatment, care and support from secondary mental health and learning disability services receive this, based on an individual assessment of their care needs. It highlights good practice in the assessment and management of risk for all service users. The guide is aimed at adult mental health services, specialist mental health services and learning disability services, and services provided by non-statutory organisations.

Subject terms:
learning disabilities services, mental health professionals, mental health services, risk assessment, risk management, social care professionals, violence, approved mental health professionals, good practice, health professionals;
Content types:
practice guidance, government publication
Northern Ireland
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