Most of the choices that people make in life naturally involve some
element of risk. Avoiding risks altogether can limit life opportunities,
and impact negatively on quality of life. People want choice and
control for themselves and safety for those they care for. This is
because risk is a concept that tends to have negative connotations, but
people take considered risks all the time and gain many positive
So what is stopping our services effectively undertaking positive risk assessments, what are the barriers?