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Risk Assessment and Management

  • Level(s) of Study: Practitioner / Short course
  • Start Date(s): 23 October 2023 / 13 November 2023
  • Duration: 3 hours pre-session activity (online); one day in person (6 hours); 3 hours post-session activity (online)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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As part of preparing for the complexity of practice in relation to best interests and the deprivation of liberty a practitioner requires an understanding of risk and risk management. Additionally, practitioners also need the necessary skills and knowledge to balance human rights alongside safeguarding.

This course will enable you to identify what constitutes risk and then focus on risk assessment strategies that are available, along with considering a checklist for good practice in relation to best interests and deprivation of liberty.

On completion of this course and the three others that make up the suite, you will be in a strong position to train as a BIA on the course offered by the University and your prior learning will be recognised.

The other courses in this suite

  • Learn through a blended format of online and in-person teaching. You'll be on campus for one day, with time required for pre-session and post-session activity.
  • Take your learning into practice as you understand risk, risk assessments and developing strategies to deal with identified risks.

What you’ll study

During the course you’ll:

  • develop an understanding of assessing and responding to needs and risks in practice
  • identify how legal and policy contexts affect how practitioners define need and risk
  • understand the risks of harm associated with your actions and interventions in the lives of vulnerable individuals and groups
  • examine the role of the practitioner in assessing and responding to needs and risks
  • examine ethical dilemmas encountered when acting as a morally active practitioner
  • examine principles and strategies associated with safety at work.

Where you'll learn

This course is delivered through a blended learning format.

You'll have 6 hours of in-person teaching taught on your chosen course start date. You'll also have 6 hours of independent study focusing on pre-session activity (3 hours) and post-session activity (3 hours), consisting of reading and reflective exercises.

Staff Profiles

Dr Jennifer Simpson

Senior Lecturer

Social Work, Care and Community

Dr Jennifer Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Care and Community and Course Leader for MA Advanced Social Work Practice. Her research interests include: Social Work and social

Campus and facilities

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £90 + VAT.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply