Over the past 20 years, with the closure of psychiatric hospitals, there has been a greater emphasis on treatment of the seriously mentally ill in the community. Recently, there have been untoward incidents involving psychiatric patients leading to increasing public concern over this policy. Steps to reduce this concern have included the care programme approach, the supervision register and the community supervision order. Each requires some form of risk assessment to be carried out prior to their implementation, although there is little guidance on what areas should be covered.
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