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Assist an individual to understand the risks associated with the choices they make in their support plan

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you are able to assist an individual to understand the risks associated with the choices they make in their support plan.

As stated in the previous section, the individual must be encouraged to be involved in the risk assessment process and make their own decisions about how risks are managed so that their unique wishes, preferences and attitude toward risk are taken into account.

Individuals with conditions that affect their cognition, such as learning disabilities, brain injuries, mental health or dementia may not initially understand the risks associated with an action and so you will need to explain the potential implications and what may be done to reduce them. Such individuals may require additional support to make decisions as well as additional time to effectively process the information that they have been given.

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