Tag Archive: safety

Creating an accommodating environment in which the young person feels free to ‘act out’ and to gain control over their feelings in safety.

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Adolescences often go through identity confusion. This usually involves them asking big questions like ‘Who am I?’ They need to explore their independence and develop a sense of self. A way that this can be achieved is safely by exploring and experimenting with different roles, activities and responsibilities. This helps form self-identity and direction.

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Facilitating friend time, letting them study and spend social time together or even allowing them to safely share in each other’s therapeutic goals.

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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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Depending on the situation young people may be physically held for as short a time as possible so that they cannot hurt themselves or anyone else around them. Nursing staff receive training on how to do this safely and kindly. (As a last resort) medication may be given to help calm them down. Staff will offer support after this type of experience or if they have been affected by this happening to someone else.

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We believe the clear structure of the timetable, with activities kept within time limits, offers young people the safety to explore their difficulties in a contained way.

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Staff receive mandatory safety training updates and feel they are well supported by their managers following any incidents or near misses.

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In-patient units must address the safety needs of the young people they care for through attention to procedures for the management of incidents on the ward and for de-briefing all young people when these occur. (Where Next)

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All staff are mindful to maintain young peoples’ safety. We consistently review presented risks.

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Supporting Young People Online

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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

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