Risk – what are we really afraid of and who are we really protecting?

Going through a tough time means facing a multitude of risks but also being labelled as the risk. The full force of the risk management process is felt as people are traumatised through being asked dehumanising questions and are robbed of opportunities due to the ‘risk level’. People are seen as statistics and feel like the difficult situations they face every day are nothing more than a number on a spreadsheet.

In the meantime, people working in the system, are constantly fearing ‘getting it wrong’ with risk and having to justify actions. It can often feel like a tick box exercise rather than something that is genuinely there to help keep people safe. It’s seen as scary and it needs to be controlled in order to give a sense of security.

There seems to be, however, a common consensus, a shared knowledge, that the way we currently approach risk in the system does not work. We talk about how risk assessments and processes do not keep people safe and we can agree that it needs to change, but what are we doing about it? What are we afraid of? Who is the risk process we currently have serving?

Risk is often a barrier to change but it is also a central part of a broken system which needs calling out. We invite you in this session to explore some of the fears we all have around risk and also ask important questions about why we can’t seem to change our approach to risk. You will examine what part you play in our response to risk and how we can instigate a human response, led by people going through tough times.

We ask you to come along and have some honest conversations about this often sticky topic. Voice your fears and reservations and seek ways in which we can move forward with risk in a way that puts people, not process, first.


Date: Thursday 29th July
Time: 12 – 1.30 pm
Location: Zoom
Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-yrqD0uHdf0dAJFjMjD1OnGmn-fXYq4