Assessment and management of risk to others
Risk formulation is based on the above factors and all other
items of history and mental state. It should take into account that
risk is dynamic and, where possible, specify factors likely to
increase the risk of dangerousness or those likely to mitigate
violence, as well as signs that indicate increasing risk.
Risk formulation brings together an understanding of
personality, history, mental state, environment, potential causes
and protective factors, or changes in any of these. It should aim
to answer the following questions.
How serious is the risk?
How immediate is the risk?
Is the risk specific or general?
How volatile is the risk?
What are the signs of increasing risk?
Which specific treatment, and which management plan, can best
reduce the risk?