Overview of Course

This is a training course developed by the RMA to support risk assessment and management practice with individuals who present a risk of serious harm.  It was designed to provide knowledge and confidence around the skills, principles and processes that should be evident when assessing and managing risk of serious harm.

It is a 3-day resource structured around a case study that supports trainees to produce an effective risk management plan.  It therefore puts across skills in relation to risk assessment, formulation and risk management.

There is also a post-training provision aimed at supporting practitioners in applying the skills covered in the training.

If you are due to attend this training and want to access the pre-read materials, please click here.


This training is allocated based on consideration of the required provision across the 32 local authorities in Scotland.  In April every year the allocation process is considered and the number of spaces provided is based on:

  • The number of staff in that local authority
  • The numbers already trained, and
  • Scoping of required assessments

The next event due to be delivered is in Edinburgh on the 12th – 14th December.

Assessment of Learning

To consider how effective training is at enhancing participants’ learning and confidence, knowledge and confidence checks are administered during our events.  Annually we produce a report that looks at the short-term changes in learning and confidence from participants.

Our Assessment of Learning report for the 2017-18 events is currently being developed and will be available soon.

Training Evaluation

Training is also evaluated to consider how effective it is at supporting participants transfer of learning onto the job.  This was  introduced in 2017-18 and involves evaluation of risk management plans completed by those that have attended the training.  A measure is applied that provides a numerical rating for component of the RMP, as well as providing a supportive mechanism to participants through the provision of feedback on the strengths and developmental points in the RMP.

The 2017-18 evaluation report is currently being developed and will be available soon.

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