have a look at these videos. These give you a short introduction to how
risks can be avoided by making a proper risk assessment when going about
your day to day business at Gloucestershire County Council. Then have
a look at the documents and links in the section across.
the bottom of the page try the short multiple choice quiz to check your
understanding of our key messages
This scenario proves that each day we take our own personal
risk assessments, although probably not as severe as this, either at home
or at work. First let's see an unwise risk assessment and what happens
as a result.
Here we see the scenario above showing the importance of
documenting risk assessments in the workplace to help protect you and
the County Council
Here we see a work situation where not taking a proper
risk assessment results in unforseen consequences
In the last video we saw that the impact was a lost laptop,
data got into the public domain, the reputation of the Council was damaged,
there was a loss of public confidence due to the exposure of individual's
data and a heavy fine from the information commissioner.
A simple risk assessment would have led to a happier conclusion as in
Risk Management is
something that we do, often subconsciously, as part of our daily lives,
governing the decisions we make and the outcomes we see. How we manage
risk, depends to a large extent on how we perceive it. Everyone has a
different perception of what constitutes a risk, often based on past experiences.
What one person may see as acceptable, maybe totally unacceptable to another.
Successful Risk Management
is about ensuring that we have the correct level of control in place to
provide sufficient protection from harm, without stifling our development.
As an organisation, with a range of different stakeholders, each with
differing needs and expectations, this can be a challenge. We must ensure
that the decisions we take as a Council reflect a consideration of the
potential implications for all our stakeholders. We must decide whether
the benefits of taking our actions outweigh the risks. For further information
the context of our established mission or vision, Members and Senior
Management establishes strategic objectives, selects strategy and
sets aligned objectives cascading through our Council. Our Risk
Management framework is therefore geared to achieving our objectives.
exist before we can identify potential events affecting their achievement
(both positive and negative). Risk
links for Risk Management documents
Risk Register is a management tool that enables the Council to understand
its comprehensive risk profile. A risk profile is simply a schedule,
list or overall picture of the range of risks that an organisation
has to deal with and effectively manage.
The Risk Register therefore is a schedule used to collate all risk
need to be able to compare our risks so that we can concentrate
our efforts on addressing those that are most important.
To do this, we use the standard approach of giving each risk a score,
calculated by multiplying the likelihood score by the potential
impact score. The link below gives the scores and indicative definitions
of each element of the risk rating/scoring process to help you achieve
Register Ratings explained
Risk Management Policy and Strategy Thelatest Risk Management Policy & Strategy can be accessed via this link to StaffNet