Safety

Key details are recorded for all new arrivals during the first meeting. Risk assessments are undertaken, and the young person is given a card with their name, photo and contact details.

Days 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Risk assessments & Safety plans
  • Recording details
  • Emergency support

Key details are recorded for all new arrivals during the first meeting.  Their name, DOB (if known), nationality etc. are all recorded.  We also take a picture and note distinguishing features so there is a record of clear identifiers should the young person go missing.  Finally we record a list of items they arrive with, taking particular note if they have a mobile phone and money.

Upon arrival risk assessments are undertaken.  If there are indicators that the young person has been trafficked then a safety plan is introduced.  Any mobile phones and money are held by staff, securely away from the young people.  Evidence of address and location are kept from the young person.

If thought that the young person is a high risk runner, additional support workers are used to provide cover and the young person is monitored and accompanied if out of the house.

The young person is given a card with their name and photo on.  The card states that they are a young person in care and gives the emergency telephone number.  The keyring the young person is given for this room also has on it the emergency phone number.  If they have use of a mobile phone, they are also encouraged to add the emergency number as well as support worker numbers to their contacts.  Their mobile number is taken down and added to their records.

24/7 on call support

Weeks 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Following safety plan
  • Learning basic safety
  • Emergency support
  • Building trust in police and people in authority

If the young person is considered high risk, a safety plan is implemented at a level based on the risk assessments and working with social workers.  The young person may accompanied outside the house, details of location are withheld and extra support hours are put in place.

All young people are taught about basic safety especially about the road system and crossing safely when walking about.

They are shown how to safely use all the appliances around the house and are not allowed to use unsupervised until they are shown to be proficient.

The young person is reminded about the ID card and they are checked that they are carrying it on them.  They are instructed how to use this if they are lost and that policemen are here for their safety.

24/7 on call support

Months 1-4

NEEDS:

  • Reduction of safety plan
  • Learning about role of police & where to find help
  • Learning about safety around the home
  • Staying safe out and about
  • Emergency support

Based on the young person response and ongoing risk assessments & discussions with social workers, the safety plan is reduced over time until the young person is given full freedom.

There is continual support in the use of appliances around the house until there is full confidence that the young person can operate these all safely.  They are also taught about general house safety and the need to keep doors and windows shut when no one is in the property.

The young people are taught about the role of emergency services and emphasis is placed on the role of police.

The young person is taught about making safe decisions whilst interacting with strangers.  How to react to racist comments or offers of lifts from strangers etc.

If the young person cycles, they are instructed in road safety and bike maintenance through workshops.

24/7 on call support

Semi Independence

NEEDS:

  • Monitoring of safety
  • Emergency support

As the young person moves on to a semi-independent home, the safe use of the appliances are again checked and re-emphasised.

There is ongoing work through workshops, English lessons and general support time, ensuring the young person stays safe.

As the young person buys more expensive items for themselves, eg bikes, smartphones, laptops etc, support workers share with them the need for safety in looking after these items.

24/7 on call support

Move to Independence

NEEDS:

  • Monitoring of safety
  • Emergency support

If the young person is moving on to new house, emphasis is again given to how to stay safe in their new environment.

24/7 on call support