Spending time thinking about potential risks gives staff confidence to prepare for them and prompts thinking and action to be taken to reduce the risk of them happening in the first place. Our ‘Managing Risks’ tool could be useful in helping you make decisions about involving people with lived experience in your work. It can also help you to think about any essential and reasonable adjustments you might need to make. This minimises the risk of tokenism and potential harm, and increases the likelihood of a positive experience.
Ana Reid an Editorial Information Officer at Mind says on using this tool "It’s really helpful to map out the potential risks involved in engagement, thinking about what needs participants may have and planning how to meet these and support them. It helps us to feel better prepared to manage anything that comes up."