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SAPROF: Structured Assessment of Protective Factors (CPD event)

Our one-day workshop provides an introduction to SAPROF, a tool for the structured assessment of protective factors for violence risk.

Date: To be confirmed. 
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: £249 (includes all training materials, lunch and refreshments)
How to book: Book online or download and complete the ‌Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB)‌
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


The SAPROF was developed as a tool for the structured assessment of protective factors for violence risk. The SAPROF is a structured professional judgement checklist designed to be used in combination with other structured risk assessment tools like the HCR-20.

The addition of the structured assessment of protective factors creates a more balanced risk assessment for future violence risk, enabling a more positive approach to violence prevention and aiding formulation, evaluation and risk communication.

The SAPROF will be introduced and participants will be trained in using the SAPROF. Advantages of protective factors for risk assessment and risk management will be discussed and research evidence for the SAPROF will be presented.

New findings from the largest research study to use the SAPROF will be presented.

Who should attend?

Our SAPROF course is aimed at mental health practitioners who wish to learn more about the tool in preparation for using it in practice.

Learning objectives

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • outline the background to risk assessment in mental health services;
  • discuss the potential benefits of considering protective factors in risk assessment, formulation and management;
  • understand the rationale for using the SAPROF;
  • discuss new research findings from the UK;
  • use the SAPROF in clinical practice and research.

Please note: Participants who complete this training will become eligible to attend the SAPROF: Train The Trainer course.

About the trainer

Dr Michael Doyle

Dr Michael Doyle is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Health and Risk Sciences at The University of Manchester. He is also a Deputy Director of Nursing, Governance and Safety at South West Yorkshire Partnership Trust and President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

Having previously worked as Nurse Consultant, specialising in Clinical Risk in Forensic Services, Mike has conducted research and published widely on psychosocial risk assessment, formulation and interventions, forensic mental health nursing and related subjects. He managed the largest study in the UK to date, investigating the reliability and validity of the SAPROF.

What our students say

"Good session and great teacher. Really useful for my practice."

"Well-structured, with a good balance of case studies and information. Really enjoyable day."

How to book your place

Book online or download and complete the Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB).

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802