Most importantly, as has already been emphasised, we must remember that no matter how good the risk assessment, risk cannot be eliminated, only minimised.
Risk behaviours are inﬂ uenced by:
assessment and risk management’ and ‘Risk of suicide and self-harm’, page 14 and 28);
● any crisis in external relationships, e.g. with family members or the clinical team;
Box 3: The principles of risk assessment
team wherever possible. ● Matching the time to the potential seriousness of the situation
or using the available time to gather the essential information. ● Adopting as collaborative an approach as possible. ● Communicating the risk effectively and clearly. ● Using a shared model understood by all members of the clinical
team and communicated to potential referrers.