Safety Planning and Risk Assessment

Being an employer within the meaning of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 means there is a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees. If an employer is found to fall significantly below the level that a reasonable and prudent employer should have reached, or would have achieved, then they are in breach of the above Act.

MHPF aims to support and assist our members in being up to date and fully informed of safety planning and risk management procedures. In 2012 a report, ‘Risk Assessment and Safety Planning’, was written in collaboration with several MHPF members. The report was a response to recommendations contained in a ‘Coroner’s Rule 43 Letter’ regarding safety planning following an inquest into the death of a staff member from one of our member organisations. It was endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive, and was shared with the Coroner’s Office and the Charity Commission.

It is not appropriate to develop a ‘one size fits all’ approach to risk management, as this will not protect service users and staff sufficiently. Instead, MHPF has developed guidelines to enable service providers to further develop their own procedures, including four organisational standards which facilitate this and start to influence a change within the sector with regards to risk assessment and safety planning. 

To download a copy of MHPF’s Safety Planning Standards click here 

There are also a number of resources available following an event organised by MHPF and GRiST, a key working tool developed to support poitive risk management: