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Methods of managing policies and procedures related to positive risk taking

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to explain how team members are made aware of the policies and procedures of your setting related to positive risk-taking and restrictive practices.

Showing staff how they can access policies and procedures will form part of your organisation’s induction process. In addition, your organisation should provide initial training on how these agreed ways of working are put into practice, with regular refreshers. You will also need channels of communication to let staff know about changes to policies and procedures. This could include memorandums, newsletters, team meetings, supervision and appraisal.

Team members should also be aware of the responsibilities of others as they relate to policies and procedures.

The Registered Manager will be responsible for ensuring policies and procedures are up to date and comply with legislation and best practices. They will also develop the organisation’s approach to restrictive practice and how positive risk-taking is planned and implemented. Provisions for training and support should also be catered for.

The Deputy will support the Registered Manager in this role.

Any staff that may be exposed to situations where restrictive practices are necessary should have sufficient training in how to perform restrictive interventions and in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They should understand organisational policies and procedures and how they should be implemented and there should be a culture within the organisation that restrictive interventions must only be used when absolutely necessary.

Assessment criteria

Learners explain how team members are made aware of the policies and procedures of the setting to include how restrictive practice would be managed by:

  • The Registered Manager
  • Their Deputy
  • Others – team leaders, supervisors, volunteers
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