Course Outline:

Historically, learning disability services have been risk averse – self preservation has sometimes taken precedence over the rights of the individual to make their own choices. This course will provide the opportunity for participants to explore the legislative context, including their responsibilities under “Duty of Care” and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Participants will also identify areas of their practice where they can improve the quality of life for the people they support, by using effective risk assessment and empowering individuals to make their own decisions on risk taking wherever possible.

 

Target Group:

Staff who provide direct care and support to adults with learning disabilities

 

Aim:

  • To explore the positive use of risk as an essential contribution to quality of life, and as a learning tool for people with learning disabilities

 

Outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the risks involved in everyday life
  • Understand the importance of these when working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Appreciate the effects of living a risk free life
  • Understand the what is meant by the terms “duty of care” and “unwise decision”
  • Learn practical skills to support individuals to minimise risks whilst leading a full and active life.

 

Qualifications & Credit Framework

This session will provide participants with some underpinning knowledge that is relevant to the following QCF units:

  • LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • LD205 Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities
  • LD305 Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities
  • HSC026 Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
  • HSC036 Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
  • SHC24 Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • SHC34 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings