Risk Assessment in People With Learning Disabilities, 2nd Edition
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Revisits techniques of risk assessment outlined in First Edition in light of the recent legislative changes, most notably the 2005 Mental Capacity Act
- Covers methods of assessing a person's capacity to consent in a range of situations, from the everyday, to complex medical or psychological scenarios
- Covers implications of new guidelines issued in relation to the Care Programme Approach (CPA)
Chapter 1 Assessing Risks in the Lives of People with Intellectual Impairment 1
Chapter 2 The Problem of Predicting Risk 13
Chapter 3 Assessing Risks and Establishing Care Plans 27
Chapter 4 Everyday Risks 47
Chapter 5 Parents with Intellectual Impairment 69
Chapter 6 Self-harm, Mental Illness and Risk 89
Chapter 7 Other Mental Disorders and Associated Risks 103
Chapter 8 Violence and Offending in People with Intellectual Impairment 123
Chapter 9 Sex Offenders with Intellectual Impairment 141
Chapter 10 Assessment of Risk with Those You Care For: the Way Forward 155
References and Suggested Further Reading 167
—Zillah Webb, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Learning Disabilities Service, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Following the passing of the Mental Health Act, this updated version takes as its philosophy an enabling and facilitating rather than just a preventative approach to risk for those with mental impairments, so that they can lead as normal a life as possible. It is commonsensical in its approach, advising what questions should be addressed together with credible examples. This book will give confidence to care staff in ensuring a safe environment for those for whom they care on a day-to-day basis.
—Paul Devonshire,Former Head of Forensic Clinical Psychology Department, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK.
Risk Assessment in People with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition is a clear and up to date description of risk assessment, written by someone who has many years of experience in the field. It helps care staff and professionals to make sense of the complexities involved in risk assessment and gives frameworks for people to undertake it, maximising safety for all involved whilst giving people with intellectual impairment ‘fuller lives with greater freedom of choice’ and recognising resource limitations. This is a book to read, use and keep on the shelf to refer to over and over again.
—Valerie E. Barden, Retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Learning Disability Services NHS, UK