Policies on Risk Assessment and Safeguarding
- Anxious Minds is a peer support organisation for customers of Mental Health Services. It exists to support its members to progress their own wellbeing and recovery, to enhance people’s skills and abilities and develop self-confidence if it is low. This will necessitate risk taking and risk assessment . It also demands trust and honesty from its participants.
- Anxious Minds members responsible for sessions held for the group must always be assessing situations for risk and safety, in relation to individuals and the whole group. Those in charge should make themselves aware of the fire and other safety procedures in any building they are hiring. A telephone must be available in case of emergency.
- Assessment needs to be made of premises and people’s current mental state, and routes to safety need to be considered as well as personal safety and the safety of others. (i.e what should be done in the worst case scenario.)
- Anxious Minds seeks to safeguard the wellbeing of its members.
- Board members will be required to seek a disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly the Criminal Records Bureau).
- As members of Anxious Minds are peers, members need to be responsible for themselves and towards others. They need to be aware of each others’ potential and actual vulnerability.
- A situation may arise where the involvement of outside agencies is necessary to assist in dealing, for instance, with a concern about abuse which might need investigating, perhaps by the Police.
- Members should report such a concern to a member of the management board, or to the Local Authority POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Officer or to a member of the local Community Mental Health Team (for numbers see below).
- On receiving a disclosure, board members must make a written record of what they are told; this will be kept in accordance with our policy of safe handling and storage of confidential information. It must be made clear by board members that they have an overriding responsibility to report abuse concerns to a relevant outside agency. In these circumstances, this overrides the duty of confidentiality
To report abuse phone 0191 643 2777 (POVA)
Community Mental Health Teams: Wallsend 0191 220 5975
North Shields 0191 219 5960 Whitley Bay 0191 219 7740
Longbenton 0191 220 5750
Northumbria Police: 0191 214 6555