Managing Unseen Risk
Part of BASW's Taught Skills Programme
A particular anxiety for frontline practitioners in the current challenging times, is how to assess and manage risk when there are less options for face-to-face assessment, interventions and monitoring. Whilst there are no easy answers to this dilemma, this bite-size workshop gives frontline practitioners in both Children and Adults settings some ideas to consider for triangulating information effectively without face-to-face contact and prompts workers to think about when and how direct assessments may still need to take place.
This bite sized session is an opportunity for professionals to share ideas and experiences from their own practice and engage in valuable peer support which can increase professional confidence and resilience. By the end of the session delegates will:
• Be able to identify possible unseen risks (e.g: neglect/abuse/emotional harm/restricted rights)
• Explore ways of assessing risk and triangulating information with reduced face to face contact.
• Be able to weigh up if face-to-face risk assessment is needed and options for triangulating this
• Explore strategies for monitoring and managing risks where contact is not possible.
• Know how to seek support and/or escalate concerns
Chloe Whittall, Professional Development Manager
Our Professional Development Manager, Chloe Whittall is a qualified SWE registered Social Worker who has been qualified for over 20 years and has held a range of therapeutic and managerial roles in both voluntary and statutory sector organisations. In addition to her Social Work Degree, Chloe holds the ILM Change Management and Leadership award, the Practice Teaching Award in Social Work, Certificate in Counselling, an AFT Advanced Diploma in Systemic Practice and a Level 3 ITG Award in delivering Adult Education.
Chloe has significant experience of coaching and mentoring in both the substance misuse sector and statutory children’s services, having undertaken the role of Practice Educator since 2006, Practice Educator/PEP’s Assessor since 2008 and ASYE Assessor since 2014. Since joining DBC Chloe has continued to undertake these roles in an off-site capacity supporting Social Work Students, NQSW’s and their assessors in both adult and children’s voluntary and statutory settings.
Since joining DBC Chloe has also led on two significant pieces of evaluation and implementation project work relating to supervision and staff support. The first involved supporting 2 Local Authorities and 2 via the Teaching Partnership to evaluate 3 models of supporting Social Work Students on Placement. The second involved the evaluation of the Welsh national post-qualifying qualifications for Social Workers. Both pieces of work involved consulting with students, managers and educators to gain feedback on the most effective way of supporting students and staff and publishing reports with recommendations on a positive way forward.
Chloe’s particular area of interest lies in supporting organisations to connect with cohorts of staff to develop their skills and commitment to providing exceptional outcomes for service users underpinned by the values, ethics and working approach of the organisation.