Achieving transparency in forensic risk assessment: a multimodal approach
Achieving transparency in forensic risk assessment: a multimodal approach.
Achieving transparency in forensic risk assessment: a multimodal approach†
- Amy Horstead⇑ and
- Adrian Cree
Amy Horstead is a forensic psychologist in training at Priory’s Farmfield and Sturt House Hospitals in Surrey, and a risk assessment trainer and honorary researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Adrian Cree is Regional Clinical Director and a consultant forensic psychiatrist at Partnerships in Care’s North London Clinic and a visiting senior lecturer and honorary co-director of the Forensic Teaching Unit at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Both authors pursue research in risk assessment and management.
- Correspondence Amy Horstead, Farmfield Hospital, Farmfield Drive, Charlwood, Surrey RH6 0BN, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Health’s best practice guidelines on risk management and violence prevention in UK mental health services highlight the importance of transparency and collaboration with service users. The recovery philosophy echoes the importance of service user inclusion and empowerment in treatment. Our experience in a medium and low secure hospital was that patients were largely excluded from the risk assessment process. In this article, we describe a model for achieving inclusion and transparency in the use of risk assessment tools based on structured professional judgement.
Risk assessment and management: forensic methods, human results†