Category Archive: Relational and Physical Safety Tools

Ability of staff to know the limits of their competence and when to make use of support and supervision will be essential. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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An appraisal of any risk to the child/young person or to others. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Risk assessment is a challenging task and can be carried out to varying levels of detail, following different types of risk assessment model. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Supporting Young People Online

Internet safety guide: Supporting Young People Online – Information for Parents and Carers from Childnet International

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. We have grouped potential online risks into these 4 categories.

  1. Conduct
  2. Content
  3. Contact
  4. Commercialism

Download the guide here

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Internet safety guide from UK Safer Internet Centre

Internet safety guide: This is a guide containing information, factsheets and online resources from UK Safer Internet Centre.

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UK Safer Internet Centre: The European Commission appointed UK Safer Internet Centre is made up of three partners; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Together we raise awareness about internet safety, develop information materials and resources and organise high profile events such as Safer Internet Day. You can access a range of resources from across the UK, Europe and wider afield at www.saferinternet.org.uk/parents.

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Children and the Police

 

In July 2013 the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children began an inquiry into ‘Children and the Police’. This explored the police’s relationships with children and young people, how the police seek to engage with children and young people; and children and young people’s views of the police.

The inquiry’s final report, published in October 2014, set out recommendations for policing and government bodies to support police forces to improve the way they work with children and young people.

On 30 November 2015, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children published a new report that examined progress made over the past year and the remaining gaps and challenges, focusing on four key areas:

  • the promotion of good practice
  • reducing the prosecution of children
  • the detention of young people in police custody
  • stop and search.

Download the report here

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Self-harm handbook

Self-harm in children and young people handbook

This handbook is designed to provide basic knowledge and awareness of the facts and issues behind self-harm in children and young people, with advice about ways staff in children’s services can respond.

View it here

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address factors that lead to aggression and violence and reduce the use of physical restraint

Project aims to address factors that lead to aggression and violence and reduce the use of physical restraint

A project led by the University of Central Lancashire is seeking to minimise harm by reducing the use of physical restraint on people being treated in acute mental health settings. They’re using the ‘Six Core Strategies UK’ to help address factors that lead to aggression and violence from patients, and improve policies around the use of restraint. From here

Read more about the 6CS-UK project here

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Closing the Gap in Patient Safety programme

 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust wants to reduce suicide and self-harm among people using community mental health services. They’re using a prospective hazard analysis tool and human factors training, to help staff gain patient safety skills and enable care teams to identify and solve their own safety issues. A key feature will be improving communication skills and team working, in order to strengthen the safety culture, improve service user satisfaction and reduce harm. From here

Read more about the Safer care pathways in mental health services project here

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Safewards

‘Safewards’ (the clue is in the name!) and CAMHS

A major new piece of research from Professor Len Bowers and his team at Kings College, has demonstrated that simple interventions can help wards be safer. Prof Bowers says that Safewards takes inspiration from Star Wards and focuses on small, practical changes that can have a dramatic effect.

Safewards comes with a model which highlights that flashpoints can happen on any ward.  What the model then suggests is that both staff and patients can create a culture where these flashpoints don’t have to result in harm to anyone – either through patients getting upset and angry or staff using coercion to gain control. The ten practical interventions suggested are all doable (and very Star Wards friendly), although some will need to be adapted for CAMHS wards.

Safewards comes with a webpage offering support – here is a link to the model.

http://www.safewards.net/model/model-diagram

And here is a special page on the forum, dedicated to CAMHS wards!

http://www.safewards.net/forum/camhs

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