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Positive risk-taking within social care for adults with physical disabilities : a review of guidelines in practice in England


Introduction: Despite practice guidelines, professionals do not feel confident in implementing positive risk-taking. This may be due to the guidance provided. Method: A scoping review of current organisational guidance for the professional practice of positive risk-taking within Adult Social Care services for people with a physical disability. Guidelines were obtained from Local Authorities in England in October 2020. The data were extracted using TIDieR to describe positive risk-taking as an intervention. The quality of the guidelines was assessed using AGREE II. Findings: In all, 36 Local Authorities responded out of 106 contacted. A total of 21 documents were included for review. Substantial variability was found in terminology, definitions and risk grading between documents. The greatest consistency was found in how to implement a positive risk-taking intervention. Consistency was also found in the policy that documents cited. There was little reference to evidence to support intervention components. Overall, AGREE II quality scores were low and stakeholder involvement, specifically with regard to the views and preferences of service users, was largely absent. Conclusion: There is a need for a greater consensus to guide the professional practice of positive risk-taking. Determining the extent of current evidence and establishing an evidence base may facilitate more consistent guidelines and support professionals’ confidence in implementing positive risk-taking.

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Field, Leanne
Nagy, Liana
Knaggs, Tarnya
Collett, Johnny

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


Year of publication: 2024
Date of RADAR deposit: 2024-04-19

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