How it works

The Risk Model promotes social work decision making by structuring professional risk assessments. It enhances effective communication in multi agency work, supporting decision making and professional judgement.

It provides a framework to routinely screen cases for risk. Where there is a concern about significant harm, it provides a structure to formally assess the risk. It supports the practice of social workers by drawing together the elements of a risk assessment into a professional record.

The Risk Model meets the needs of organisations for consistent practice and formal approaches to the management of risk.

The Risk Model provides the best safeguarding arrangements when all social work cases are routinely screened using the Stage 1 Risk Assessment. This prompts a decision about significant harm at regular points.

For information about using
Stage 1 Risk Assessment for risk screening please click here.