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23 July 2015

SweetTree manager writes on the benefits of positive risk taking

Dela Begum, learning disabilities service manager at SweetTree, was delighted to share her views and advice on the issue of positive risk taking in the latest edition of Progress magazine.

Progress is an essential transition guide for 13 to 25 year olds with additional needs. It covers important issues that may affect the move into adulthood, helping with the transition process by providing all of the information needed to make positive, informed, key lifestyle decisions. It is used by young adults, parents, carers and professional advisers alike.

“Positive risk taking is an important part of this process,” explains Dela, “and for support teams, it is a vital element of person-centred planning.”

She continued: “Positive risk taking is about the rights of an individual to make their own decisions and the role of a care team, family and friends in supporting individuals to do so safely.

“It presents many opportunities for personal choice, growth and development for people with learning disabilities and contributes to achieving fulfilling and meaningful life experiences. While risk can never be completely eliminated from someone’s life, there are a number of ways to positively manage and embrace it.”

As part of the article, Dela has provided a guide to building a positive risk taking plan. This includes advice on recruiting a support network and talking about goals and possible risks.

To read the article in full, please click here and go to page 44/45.

Dela was named Special Needs Manager of the Year at the prestigious National Care Awards 2014. She has played a central role in developing the outstanding specialist learning disabilities service provided at SweetTree, which offers tailored support to people with learning disabilities, autism and complex behavioural needs.

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