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Best practice in managing violence and related risks

  • Quazi Haque (a1), Adrian Cree (a2), Christopher Webster (a3) and Bushra Hasnie (a4)
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Best Practice in Managing Risk is a recent Department of Health publication which provides a framework for mental health professionals working with service users to assess risk. It underpins risk assessment with principles of good practice for all mental health settings and provides a list of guides offering structure to risk management. We consider the potential issues that may influence successful implementation of this framework across services based on personal experience in the field of risk assessment.

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Department of Health (2007) Best Practice in Managing Risk. Department of Health.
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Best practice in managing violence and related risks

  • Quazi Haque (a1), Adrian Cree (a2), Christopher Webster (a3) and Bushra Hasnie (a4)
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