How can ‘positive risk-taking’ help build dementia-friendly communities?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 11 November 2014

Managing risk can dominate everyday practice in dementia care. However, based on learning from approaches developed in statutory mental health services, the benefits of ‘positive risk-taking’ can outweigh the negative effect of avoiding risk altogether. This Viewpoint report explores the ways in which:

  • The focus of positive risk-taking is on making good decisions; it is the taking of calculated and reasoned risks, not leaving things to chance.
  • It is all too easy to see the negatives around someone living with dementia and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential.
  • A dementia-friendly neighbourhood or community is good for everyone, from individuals to businesses; it is not just about accommodating people living with dementia

Click here to download the report.

Building capability to improve safety

The Mental Health Foundation, August 2014

On 14 May 2014, the Health Foundation hosted a workshop to discuss building capability for improving safety.  Following on from the event they have produced a report which:

  • summarises key points from the workshop discussion
  • presents the examples of capability building approaches shared with workshop participants before the event
  • provides brief profiles of examples of activities that build improvement capability identified in the web research

The report also presents an enhanced model for safety and quality improvement capability, derived from the workshop discussions.

Click here to view the full report.

Keeping Myself Safe: Practitioner’s toolkit for developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people

Action for Children, August 2014

Action for Children have developed a new practitioner’s toolkit which gives young people in our residential services a voice and offers guidance to the practitioners who support them.

Focusing on safeguarding issues such as risk taking behaviour and self harm, the toolkit explores the skills and qualities which practitioners should have if they are to build effective professional relationships which can enable young people to build their resilience, develop confidence and manage risk in their lives.

Please click here for further information and to download the toolkit.