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Dignity of Risk

Balancing human rights with duty of care

Part of ensuring human dignity is accepting the right of each person to take risks and make choices. This course explores how we can ensure that legal and safety requirements are met while maximising an individual’s self-determination and freedom.

The right to take personal risks and make mistakes is fundamental to our humanity, independence and sense of self. Taking risks and experiencing the occasional spectacular failure is how we learn and grow as human beings and is central to the human experience. Regardless of vulnerabilities, part of ensuring human dignity is accepting the right of each person to take risks and make choices.

Yet, human services, health and caring professionals have a legal duty of care towards their clients. Similarly, parents and personal carers have a legal and ethical responsibility towards the loved ones they care for.

This course explores how we can ensure we meet legal and safety requirements without wrapping those we care for in cotton wool. It looks at ways to maximise personal dignity, choice and self-determination, while ensuring caring responsibilities are met.

Topics include

  • Duty of care legalities
  • The role of risk-taking
  • Supporting self-determination
  • Bracketing bias
  • Maximising choice and control
  • Informed risk-taking
  • Diversifying experience
  • Tools for empowerment

This course includes

  • Engaging, up-to-date materials.
  • Take-home reference package and free online resources.
  • All day catering and beverages - with dietary needs catered for.
  • Certificate of attendance.


The Hub
1 Starling St,
Hamilton Hill
WA 6163

Located on Dixon Reserve, adjacent to the Wally Hagan Basketball Stadium.

The venue is wheelchair accessible including toilets, but please contact us if you have any particular needs we can assist with.


We offer a small number of scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.

Scholarship recipients pay a nominal fee of $35 toward catering and materials.

Click here to apply.