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3.3.4 Risk Assessments and Management Tool Kit


Pack of assessment tools for use in Residential homes.

Included here for use separately or together are:

  1. A brief risk screening tool
  2. An outline of the issues to consider in assessing task
  3. A risk assessment form
  4. A Risk Management Plan summary form.


Risk assessment and management will change over time. For some children the risks and management plan will need reviewing weekly or even daily. For others, a monthly review may be sufficient.


  1. Risk Screening Form
  2. Risk Assessment: Information & Prompt Sheet
  3. Risk Assessment Form
  4. Summary of Risk Assessment and Management Plan

1. Risk Screening Form

Click here to view 'Risk Screening Form'

2. Risk Assessment: Information & Prompt Sheet

  1. Use the sheets to describe individual risky behaviours in detail.
  2. Look at the lists below and see if there are areas that make the young person more vulnerable to risk- can these be changed. Record these on the form.
  3. And look at the list below to see if there are areas( e.g. strengths) that can be used to reduce the young persons risk to themselves and others. Record these on the form
  4. Use the information gathered to make a management plan. Aim to:
    1. Increase the protective or risk reducing factors
    2. Reduce the factors that increase risk
  5. Agree as a team, and with social workers and others involved, how serious is the level of risk you are managing.

Making Sense of the Context

Vulnerability Factors Protective Factors
Illness/ disability
Special educational needs
Lack of self-esteem/ social status
Feeling of helplessness
Unmet basic needs
Experience of separation/ loss
Experience of abuse/ violence
Previous self harm
Previous risky behaviour
Poor communication skills
Family history of mental ill-health
Poor relationships
Feeling isolated
Experience of conflict/ alienation/discrimination
Few adult role models
Negative or risky peer group
Few skills
High impulsivity
Difficulty asking for help/support
Few roles or hobbies in the community
Physical health
Ability to learn
Self-esteem/ positive sense of self
Ability to manage conflict
Basic needs met
A positive experience of attachment
Good communication skills
Feeling of acceptance
At least one good relationship
Supportive social networks
Able to use support from staff
Positive role models
Positive peer group
Positive educational experiences
Skills and talents
Useful roles in the community

Thinking about the Immediate Situation

Factors that may INCREASE risk on a day to day basis Factors that may REDUCE risk on a day to day basis
High impulsivity
Low mood/hopelessness
Substance Use
Influence of negative peer group
Influence, contact with or lack of contact with family
Impending life events, receiving new or difficult information, transitions/moves, anniversaries etc
Increased stress levels- identify what affects this for this young person
Being secretive about risky behaviour
Planning risky behaviour
Supervision and involvement in Prosocial Activities and Relationships
Skills to ask for help, talk about problems, use help of staff
Ongoing &good relationships with at least one member of family/permanent carers
Involvement in positive activity and leisure
Ability to think positively about future
Positive experience of education
Experiences of success

3. Risk Assessment Form

When detailed risk assessment is required, use this sheet to gather information about every risk identified in the risk screening.

If there are several behaviours under e.g. risk of violence, it may be necessary to complete an assessment on each type of behaviour

Click here to view 'Risk Assessment Form'

4. Summary of Risk Assessment and Management Plan

Click here to view 'Summary of Risk Assessment and Management Plan'