"This activity considers a claimant’s ability to engage
with other people, which means to interact face-to-face in a contextually
and socially appropriate manner, understand body language and establish
Notes: An inability to engage face-to-face must be due to the impact of
impairment and not simply a matter of preference by the claimant. "
" ‘Prompting’ means reminding, encouraging or
explaining by another person. For example: may apply to people who need
encouragement to engage with others in the presence of a third party. "
"For example: may apply to people who can only engage with others with
active and skilled support on the majority of days, or who are left
vulnerable due to their level of risk-awareness as a result of their
I use these words to describe what the DWP calls ‘Overwhelming
"‘Overwhelming psychological distress’ means distress related to an
enduring mental health condition or intellectual or cognitive impairment
which results in a severe anxiety state in which the symptoms are so
severe that the person is unable to function. This may occur in conditions
such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, dementia or
'Cause me or them harm'
"Behaviour which would result in a
substantial risk of harm to the claimant or another person must be as a
result of an underlying health condition and the claimant’s inability to
control their behaviour.
When considering whether claimants can engage with others, consideration
should be given to whether they can engage with people generally, not just
those people they know well.
Vulnerability to the actions of others is considered in this activity. For
example, someone with Downs Syndrome or Autism may be less risk aware and
vulnerable to manipulation or abuse."
Last updated October 2015