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A Practical Approach to Risks and Strengths Assessment

AUTHOR : By Shona Britten and Karen Whitby

ISBN : 9781912096862

Edition No : 1

Publication : Mar 1, 2018

Extent : 168 pgs

ISBN : 9781912096848

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ISBN : 9781912096831

Publication : Mar 1, 2018

Extent : 168 pgs


Self-neglect covers a wide range of behaviours, from neglecting to care for one's personal hygiene and health to one's surroundings; this can include behaviours such as hoarding of objects and/or animals. As presentation of self-neglect cases vary greatly, assessment and support planning should be made on an individualised case by case basis.

Self-neglect describes a Risks and Strengths assessment model which has been developed by practitioners as an aid to frontline workers across all sectors, as well as agencies holding responsibilities in Safeguarding Adults. It aims to support and structure the effective, timely and consistent assessment of risk in relation to key social and healthcare factors of self-neglect both on an individual case level and at a strategic level in contributing to community/locality needs analysis and reporting mechanisms; including annual Safeguarding Adults Board Reports.





Chapter One The Concept of Self-neglect and Multi-agency Considerations 

Chapter Two A Model Intervention Framework in Self-neglect Cases 

Chapter Three Risks & Strengths Assessment Model 

Chapter Four Case Studies

Chapter Five The Care Act (2014) and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adult  

Chapter Six Community Strength and Resilience 

Appendix One The Mental Capacity Act (2005) 

Appendix Two  The Mental Health Act (1983) - rights, powers and protection 

Appendix Three A Simple Guide to Terminology in Safeguarding Adults 


Shona began her career in social care in 1985, when she worked for a charity supporting the carers of young adults with learning disabilities. As a qualified Social Worker Shona has worked with adults at risk, in both statutory and independent sector settings; holding a range of posts including multi-disciplinary team and area operational management; service planning and development in the areas of social inclusion and community development; and as a regional director.  Shona continues to be directly engaged in social work practice on a consultancy basis and is registered with the HCPC

Karen is a qualified and HCPC registered Social Worker who has worked within the arena of health and social care for over 25 years. Karen's career in social care has involved managing learning disability, Carers and Safeguarding Adults services. She currently works as a lead professional for Safeguarding Adults within the NHS.

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