1. Introduction

  1. Richard Whittington1 and
  2. Caroline Logan2
  1. Richard Whittington1 and
  2. Caroline Logan2

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119991175.ch1

Self-Harm and Violence: Towards Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services

Self-Harm and Violence: Towards Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services

How to Cite

Whittington, R. and Logan, C. (2011) Introduction, in Self-Harm and Violence: Towards Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services (eds R. Whittington and C. Logan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119991175.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Liverpool, UK

  2. 2

    University of Manchester, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Liverpool, UK

  2. 2

    University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746073

Online ISBN: 9781119991175

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Keywords:

  • mental health services - and risks such as violence and self-harm, calculated;
  • emphasis on risk, and stigmatization - faced by people with mental health problems;
  • managing risks in mental health services - highly charged topic, the right way forward, hotly contested;
  • awareness, potential over-use of concept of risk - Mental Health Act, and changes to scope for compulsory treatment;
  • guidance, Best Practice in Managing Risk - improving effectiveness in mental health care;
  • consensus, in establishing policies - formal guidance to staff on what constitutes best practice;
  • stakes, always high - in working with clients, who are violent or who self-harm themselves;
  • struggle, in developing a philosophy of care and risk management - real commitment, collaboration at its core;
  • the Best Practice document - implementation into practice of principles;
  • clinical risk assessment and management - competing viewpoints, high stakes for practitioners, service users and their carers

Summary

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