Risk Assessment and Minimization Workbook


A tool for understanding how best to support program participants through processes, technology or people if risks are identified to the person, to her/his supports, or to the broader community.  This tool is integrated as part of the Excellence in Housing-Based Case Management training series.

Product Description

This is a seven-page worksheet that is intended to identify risks and support clients who have identified risks in their lives.  The tool is in two parts: first a risk assessment tool, followed by a risk minimization planning worksheet.  This tool is one of several handouts provided in the Excellence in Housing-Based Case Management training series, and is intended for professionals who have completed that training.

Managing risk is a response to a specific assessment. A risk has to be defined and characterized before steps can be taken to minimize the risk. While workers may assist individuals and families in helping them reduce risks, it is the individual/family member that is responsible for their own actions. Workers do not have the power to control their clients. But they can shed light on areas where behaviours may be problematic, and do so in a respectful and engaging way that is of assistance to the client. Areas of higher acuity in the SPDAT can help focus where frontline workers invest time to reduce risks.

The first Risk Assessment Tool should be completed within 14 days of a family being housed. It can be very useful in gathering information for the Move-in or 30 day SPDAT, in addition to the assistance it provides in minimizing risk.

The focus is on the behaviour. Not the individual or family as a whole. A risk assessment is not a process of determining if someone is a “good” or “bad” person/family. It is about helping to create a series of steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of harm to self or others for the client.

The risk assessment encompasses the potential risks to clients, workers and the community. The community can encompass a shared living environment, others in the same program or even the general public.

It is recommended that all workers that engage with this client group are adequately trained in safely working alone, impacts of mental illness, impacts of brain injury, impacts of substance use and have knowledge of trauma.

After assessing risk, the goal is to create a risk minimization plan. Minimizing risk occurs through technology, processes or people. For example, technology can include the likes of electronic medical alerts that advise when a person has fallen or cameras at entrances and exits of buildings. Processes can include the likes of going for a walk when feeling particular emotions or confronted with specific situations or a guest policy that minimizes congestion in common areas. People can include the likes of certain clients always being visited by more than one worker at a time. There is nothing “cookie cutter” about the ways in which the technology, processes or people are used. They are specific to each situation and each person and each specific risk.


OrgCode Consulting Inc. assumes no responsibility for how these tools are used or the validity of the assessments that are made by frontline workers when using the tools. OrgCode Consulting Inc. assumes no responsibility for harm to or from clients, workers or the community stemming from the use of these tools directly or indirectly – up to and including death.

The use of these tools and its consequences are independent of OrgCode Consulting, Inc. Workers and organizations assume all risk associated with or as a result of the use of the tools. By downloading and making use of these tools, in whole or in part, you agree to indemnify and save harmless, OrgCode Consulting, Inc., its owners, employees, associates, and families of all employees. It is further recommended that individuals should receive training in the use of the tools.

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