Category Archive: Relational and Physical Safety Ideas

Supervision allows staff to keep their work focused and to maintain good practice.

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Being aware of and managing our stress levels as members of staff teaches the young people how to do this too.

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The staff each have an alarm that they can use to alert other staff if they require assistance. This alarm makes a two-tone repetitive sound in the night area and several staff carry pagers to advise them of where they are required. Unless this alarm goes off during the night young people are asked to go to the large TV lounge on Heathlands to ensure all young people are supported during this time. At least one member of staff will be there and wait with them until the alarms have stopped.

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Being aware of what triggers you and how you respond as a result helps you manage your reactions better.

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The following reflective activities are used when there’s a difficulty with transference: post shift debriefs, personal reflections, team meetings, frequent supervision, reflective practice groups, one-to-ones with another staff member.

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There needs to be better physical layout – more colour, comfort, and warmth, in a secure and spacious building. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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There’s a need for units to be ‘homely’, non-institutional, well-decorated and equipped. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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Ward building safety features: there is a safe, low stimulus garden as well as a garden with playground equipment. There is a soft room that is used for time out and physical containment of risky behaviour, but it is also used for fun and rough play. There are high handles to the doors to slow down young people who might be trying to run out of the building. All sharp objects such as knives are kept locked away and staff are continuously monitoring the environment for any item that might be dangerous.

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A quiet non-stimulating room where they can’t find easily hurt themselves or others can be very helpful and calming.

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During their stay young people are responsible for their own possessions. They can store money and valuables in our safe.

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