4. What if my supporters do not agree with my decision

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Sometimes people might not agree with a decision you want to make.

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Your supporters might be worried that your decision has too many risks.

Risk means something bad might happen to you or others.

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You still have the right to make a decision even if it has risks.

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Your supporters can help you think about risk.
They should help you think about

  • Why you want to make the decision
  • What the risks are
  • How to make it safer
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Your supporter might tell you about other choices.

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The other choices might be safer.

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You can say what you think about another choice.
Your supporters need to help you find a choice you feel comfortable with.

I like to cook at school and wanted to cook at home.
At first my mum would not let me because she was worried I might hurt myself.
I talked to my friend Liz about it.
She showed my mum that there are things she can do to help me stay safe while I’m cooking.
Mum is now less worried about me hurting myself and we cook dinner together.

Portrait of Lily

Look at your circle of support worksheet.
Who would you trust to help you think about a decision that has risks?
Why did you choose this person?