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Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations

Webinar 1

Webinar 1 recording

See the links below for resources discussed in webinar 1:

Comments on risk assessment raised in the webinar

References to risk assessment are spread throughout the Assertive Outreach Guidelines, both in terms of risks the client may be exposed to, and those to which the worker may be exposed:

  • Section 5.3, Page 26 “Risk assessment and management”),
  • Section 9.7 Assessment, Pages 35-36
  • Page 42, Trauma Informed Care & Practice Checklist (which also recognises that assertive outreach workers may be subject to vicarious trauma)
  • Page 44 Working In Hot-Spots Checklist.

The Vulnerability Index can also be used as a form of risk assessment to determine the health and other vulnerabilities a person rough sleeping may have, as well as being a tool to prioritise rough sleepers based on their vulnerabilities, and an indicator of what will be the most appropriate supports/ interventions that need to be made.

The purpose of risk assessment is also implicit in many other sections of the guidelines, such as Section 5.1 and 5.2 of the guidelines “The Foundations of Street-based Assertive Outreach” (in particular those on paragraphs on trauma informed care, being person centred, and developing consistent and trusting relationships where honest communication is a feature of them) will contribute to worker safety. In short, the guidelines views risk assessment  as a concept that should permeate through most of the key activities of engaging with and supporting people who are rough sleeping.

Section 9 of the accompanying booklet “Assertive Outreach Resource Manual” also covers risk assessment (Assertive Outreach and Case Management, and refers to the SHS Risk Assessment Tool, which provides a process for workers to follow when conducting this activity.

There will be a second webinar on assertive outreach. Part 2 : Taking a Collaborative Approach to Tackling Rough Sleeping (February 2018):

  • The four pre-conditions to collaboration
  • Collaborative approaches
  • Developing a local collaborative approach to tackling rough sleeping.

For support around applying the Assertive Outreach Guidelines, please contact Dougie Wells on: dougie@homelessnessnsw.org.au