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WARRN - A formulation-based risk assessment procedure for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): The view of clinicians

Gray, Nicola S., Tiller, Jacqui L. and Snowden, Robert J. 2019. WARRN - A formulation-based risk assessment procedure for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): The view of clinicians. Journal of Forensic Practice 21 (4) , pp. 228-239. 10.1108/JFP-06-2019-0025

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Purpose Wales Applied Risk Research Network (WARRN) is a formulation-based technique for the assessment and management of serious risk (e.g. violence to others, suicide, etc.) for users of mental health services which has been adopted across most Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Wales. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach An online survey was disseminated to National Health Service clinicians in CAMHS to evaluate their perceptions of the use and effectiveness of WARRN. Data from 88 clinicians were analysed with both quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings Clinicians reported increased clinical skills, increased confidence in their assessment and management of risk and in safety planning, the increased safety of service users and the general public, and a belief that WARRN had saved lives. The qualitative data showed that clinicians thought a common risk evaluation instrument across Wales and different agencies had created a common language and understanding that improved communication. Practical implications WARRN appears well accepted in CAMHS services with the view that it is having a very positive effect on service user well-being and safety and could be implemented in other services. Originality/value This is the first report of a formulation-based approach to the management of serious problem behaviours in CAMHS services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2050-8794
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 22 August 2019
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 19:16

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