Managing Unseen Risk for Newly Qualified Social Workers - Cohort 4
Part of BASW's Taught Skills Programme for NQSWs
***Session for students & NQSWs only***
Part 1 of 6 in BASW's Taught Skills Programme for NQSWs - you do not need to attend every session in the programme and can choose to mix sessions between cohorts. To discuss rates for block bookings of 5 or more delegates please email ProfDE@basw.co.uk
A particular anxiety for newly qualified frontline practitioners in the assessment of risk, particularly in the current challenging times, when there may be less options for faceto-face assessment, interventions and monitoring. Whilst there are no easy answers to this dilemma, this workshop gives frontline practitioners in both Children and Adults settings some frameworks for conceptualising and assessing risks; ideas to consider for triangulating information effectively, an exploration of the implications of undertaking risk assessment without face-to-face contact and when and how direct assessments may still need to take place.
This 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. The course will explore the impact of our own values, bias and beliefs on understanding, assessing and managing risk including an exploration of whether this makes our practice risk adverse or conversely prompts unsafe risk-taking. The principles of safe accountable positive risk-taking will be explored. Recording decision-making around risk will also be covered.
This is training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience. Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Local templates and expectations will be embedded in the programme where required and appropriate.
This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:
✓ Be able to identify possible (unseen) risks (e.g: neglect/abuse/emotional harm/restricted rights)
✓ Outline ways of conceptualising risk to help evaluate them and the options for managing them effectively.
✓ Explore the impact of our personal and professional values on how we view and respond to risk.
✓ 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.
✓ Explore the principles of positive risk-taking.
✓ Know how to seek support and/or escalate concerns.
✓ Know how to record risk in an accountable manner.
All delegates will need a laptop with a functioning Microphone and Camera to allow effective participation and a strong stable internet connection. Where possible delegates should be using the Microsoft Teams Desktop App and have ensured it is fully updated. Laptops should have an up-to-date Browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge
9.00 Log-in – Check your connection, camera & mic (the get a cuppa)
9.30 Introduction to the session and the tech
9.45 Defining Risk
10.15 Understanding the impact of values & beliefs in assessing and responding to risk
11.00 Comfort / Screen Break
11.20 Conceptualising Risk
• Static & Dynamic Risk.
• Assessing Likelihood and seriousness.
• Safe uncertainty.
1.15 Exploring the Impact of the Pandemic
• Challenges and solutions.
• Ethical frame-works for decision-making.
• Assessing if face to face assessment is required
2.50 Positive-Risk Taking Principles
• Why, When and How to take positive risks
• Barriers to Service User Engagement
• Collaborative Risk Management Plans
• Assessing when positive-risk taking is not appropriate
3.50 Recording risk in an accountable and defensible manner
4.15 Final Feedback and Reflection
Gail Heslop - Consultant Social Worker
(MCA & Safeguarding)
Gail joined the Crew on 1st March 2022, joining us from Warwickshire CC where she has been responsible for practice development and improvement in relation to the MCA and Safeguarding Adults practice.
Gail has over 18 years’ experience in the health and social care sector and is a Social Work England registered social worker. She has worked across all sectors of adult social care and is passionate about supporting practitioners in their learning and development.
Gail has a keen interest in the Mental Capacity Act application and safeguarding adults, including self-neglect, and has developed various CPD materials and quality assurance tools to embed this into practice. She is a BIA and practice educator and loves to share learning with students and newly qualified workers.