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Mark Slater Claire Jones Drive Ltd

Assessing risk is not an exact science.

Everyone perceives Risk differently.

Often viewed negatively and can prevent people from doing things that others take for granted.

A perceived risk needs to be tested and assessed to see if its real.

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Recognise that making a choice can sometimes involve an element of risk It is essential people make choices to be able to achieve or work towards their goals and aspirations. The person should be at the centre of any decision making process.

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Help people understand their responsibilities and the implications of their choices, including any risks. Acknowledge that there will often be some risk, and that trying to remove it altogether can outweigh the quality of life benefits for the person. Continue existing arrangements for safeguarding people, assessment of mental capacity could be an issue in the decision making process.

Sex and the Law Quiz

What is sexuality? What defines or influences sexuality?

Generally speaking, human sexuality is how people experience and express themselves as sexual beings.

When you think of sexuality, your first thought may be the physical act of sexual intercourse. But sexuality goes beyond engaging in sexual activity. As a human being, your sexuality is a part of your physical, emotional, intellectual, and social self. It affects how you think of yourself and how you relate to others, as well as how they relate to you, and it is a part of you throughout your life.

Since every person is different, it is difficult to define ‘normal’ sexuality or sexual activity. Many factors may influence your sexuality including: Gender Awareness – Appearance, clothing, hair style – is it age appropriate, socially acceptable, consider first impressions?  Sexual Preferences/Choices – Heterosexual, homosexual, transsexual, tall, short, blonde, brunette etc.

Behaviour – being respectful, use of language, upbringing, culture, religion, prejudices, being flirtatious. Self-awareness – Assertiveness, confidence, knowledge and understanding, posture, personality.

Many of these aspects can change during our lifetimes, and are more important at some stages than others.

Some available resources include: CD-ROM  Materials and publications from Health Education  FPA materials and advice.  GP/Family Planning Clinics  CST Remember, if you feel a service user needs assistance in this area you need to contact your line manager and the Care Manager to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to the issues involved.

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