Unit 3: Reporting, responding and investigations


3.4 Risk assessment

The safeguarding or complaint handling committee should undertake a risk assessment when managing safeguarding concerns.

Sometimes unconscious bias may lead to decisions being taken that side with the perpetrators rather than with the survivor, since there are often concerns related to damaging someone’s career over potentially false claims (which do happen but remain rare).

Therefore, it’s important to remember that decisions taken should be survivor centred (i.e., what is in the best interest of the survivor rather than for the perpetrator(s) or organisation which they represent) to ensure that the needs of survivors/victims are being seen to, without derogating from the organisation’s duty of care to take appropriate steps to reduce risk to other staff, children or vulnerable adults.

Tools such as a risk assessment template are helpful to ensure that all risks have been identified and mitigation measures have been put in place.


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Watch the video above on how to complete a risk assessment.

Having watched the video on completing a risk assessment, reflect on what are some of the key risks when managing safeguarding concerns and next steps.