Dignity of risk is the idea that self determination and the right to take reasonable risks are essential for dignity and self esteem and so should not be impeded by excessively cautious caregivers concerned about their duty of care. What is the dignity of risk the right to take risks when engaging in life experiences and the right to fail in taking these posted on 24112015 this term was first coined around the issue of care for people with intellectual disabilities in the 1970s at that time people with intellectual or developmental disabilities were often viewed . Self determination dignity of risk chris lyons a nationally recognized attorney specializing in the defense of community service providers uses this example to illustrate the importance of building the dignity of risk into the lives of people with disabilities. The dignity of risk dignity of risk is the principle of allowing an individual the dignity afforded by risk taking with subsequent enhancement of personal growth and quality of life 1. Duty of care and the dignity of risk 4 may 2016 in opinion social justice many of you would have read chris stuhmckes article on positive behaviour support pbs last month chris moved over from queensland about 18 months ago to help interchange update our safeguarding framework
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