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2. Structured Clinical risk assessment of violence and sexual violence: HCR-20 & SVR-20 Basic

The HCR-20 is a formal structured risk assessment tool that was designed to predict the future occurrence of violence. It combines information from Historical Factors, current Clinical presentation and a Risk Management plan, in order to guide clinical judgment about the likelihood of future violence and how it might be alleviated.

 The HCR-20 has a very strong evidence-base in many offender and psychiatric populations across the world and is regarded by many as the ‘gold-standard’ in risk management planning.

 From the same authors of the HCR-20, the SVR-20 examines risk factors known to be associated with risk of reconviction for sexual offences (including those to both adults and children).

Training consists of a two 2-day workshop to learn about the HCR-20 and how to score, interpret and formulate risk. It also covers the evidence-base for the tool and several practice cases and group discussions. Any instrument is only useful if it is being properly applied.

 In the Reliability Workshop (2-days) participants are given a series of prepared cases to score. Their scores are then compared to ‘gold-standard’ scores (obtained by expert raters, and consensus scores) to give information on how well they are formulating risk using the HCR-20 and tips to help them improve their performance.

Everyone attending this Workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance and a report outlining their reliability on the HCR-20.

 The final day covers the SVR20 (sexual violence risk - 20), covering how to score and interpret the findings, the evidence-base, practice cases and group discussions. Attendance is open to professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

 In the past we have trained psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, legal representatives, probation officers. Indeed a ‘multi-disciplinary’ approach is encouraged.


Thanks to the sponsorship of the Welsh Assembly Government we are able to offer these courses at discount prices for those working within Welsh Institutions.

Full course - 5 days £500 per person (£800 for those in Non-Welsh Institutions)

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

 Further information and discussion of training needs can be sought from

Hannah Moakes
PO Box 5207
Cardiff CF5 9BR

phone number  029 20556300, ext 2130