Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare

Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare

Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare

Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare


"In this practical and accessible book, Mike Titterton offers an innovative model of risk work in health and social care. He argues that a thoughtful risk-taking approach can lead to empowerment and greater independence for vulnerable individuals. Offering a wealth of case studies, examples of good practice and a clear overview of the legislative framework, this book is an invaluable resource for social work, health and housing practitioners, trainers and policy makers." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


This book is based on work which the author has undertaken in the area of risk assessment and management with a wide range of managers and practitioners including social workers, nurses both community- and hospital-based, health visitors, care workers and independent sector staff. Service users and informal carers have also been involved. The work has covered all key areas, from children and young people, and adults in the fields of health, social care and housing, covering topics such as care of older people, physical disabililty, mental health, learning disability, homelessness and criminal justice.

It is also based on research reviews of the literatures on risk and field research conducted by the author. Some of this material has been published in a chapter for a collection Risk Assessment in Social Care and Social Work, edited by Phyllida Parsloe, in the Research Highlights in Social Work series (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). It has been updated for the purposes of this book.

The author's interest in risk was stimulated by the challenge of training in remote and rural locations such as Western Isles and Shetland in the early 1990s. A training course, Risk Taking and Choice for Vulnerable People, was devised and run, later turning into a course on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, which was staged in many varied locations. The author has also worked with the topic of risk as a developmental consultant in the field of health promotion in the UK and international settings, including Eastern Europe. This work has included understanding and addressing risk behaviours in a variety of contexts, including children and young people, HIV/AIDS, prison and mental health.

This book is intended as a guide and a resource for people interested in the topics of risk and risk taking in health and social welfare settings. Readers' comments will be warmly welcomed and can be sent to the author care of the publisher.

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