Introduction

This guide is intended for a range of healthcare professionals, including:

  • General practitioners and other primary care staff
  • Mental health workers
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) therapists
  • Accident and Emergency Department staff
  • Support workers

This guide is primarily about assessing risk in adults. However, the principles can be applied to younger people (although the issues relating to consent may differ).

The guide may also be useful for reviewing the care of people, including through Significant Event Analyses.