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sakssey  
#1 Posted : 05 September 2019 15:23:51(UTC)
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sakssey

Hello All, 

I need your advice on how to go about this topic - as I intend to have a safety walk through the educational facility to ensure it meets workplace health and safety standards. 

Description:

We have children and youths provided with educational opportunities - for them to continue with their education as a result of mental illness, physical or intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, or specific diagnosis such as FASD, ADHD, ODD, ASD, etc. The level of support services for these individuals is challenging as there has been an increase in the number of students coming in. 

This Educational Opportunity is provided in a different leaning facility that houses clinical support team , including psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses etc. Because the individuals are working with high risk youths, they have security cameras without audio on the premises and all staff are required to wear panic alarms on their person.

I have been told to complete a walk through the facility where the teachers with the students will be working to ensure it meets health and safety standards having in mind, that the teachers well-being is paramount. 

Question: 

1. What would be your approach and advise on this topic - you can outline what you think the SOP would be or kindly direct me on how to go about this topic .ie. step by step. 

Thank you. 

SNS  
#2 Posted : 05 September 2019 22:41:32(UTC)
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SNS

As it is an educational establishment there should be people in posts such as SENCo - Special Educational Needs Coordinator ( https://prosperoteaching.com/2018/01/what-is-a-senco/ ) , some have SENDCo - adding disabilities.

Each student will have a care plan that identifies their challenges, hazard to themselves or others and management strategies.

If you touch base with the SENCO / SENDCO lead and team you can be guided through general and specific extra hazards and risk situations.

In general though, it is the students well-being that is deemed to be paramount, managed through strategies such as 1:1 assistants and mentors, the provision of safe places, interaction with staff and other students etc.

Once the students are looked after then its the staff, or in parallel if it can be done.

I am now in a mainstream secondary school with such provisions, not a specialist unit as seems to be what you are being tasked to look at.

Previously I did some work with the NHS in secure units, as I am not a mental health specialist I was always escorted and guided by medical staff, depending on the severity or risk levels for each student that may need to be a consideration.

If you can gain access when there are no students in attendance you can more easily do the physical H&S stuff: compliance, fire, escape etc etc. 

Bit of a ramble but I hope that it helps,

Merchant17664  
#3 Posted : 12 September 2019 14:15:04(UTC)
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Merchant17664

Originally Posted by: SNS Go to Quoted Post

As it is an educational establishment there should be people in posts such as SENCo - Special Educational Needs Coordinator ( https://prosperoteaching.com/2018/01/what-is-a-senco/ ) , some have SENDCo - adding disabilities.

Each student will have a care plan that identifies their challenges, hazard to themselves or others and management strategies.

If you touch base with the SENCO / SENDCO lead and team you can be guided through general and specific extra hazards and risk situations.

In general though, it is the students well-being that is deemed to be paramount, managed through strategies such as 1:1 assistants and mentors, the provision of safe places, interaction with staff and other students etc.

Once the students are looked after then its the staff, or in parallel if it can be done.

I am now in a mainstream secondary school with such provisions, not a specialist unit as seems to be what you are being tasked to look at.

Previously I did some work with the NHS in secure units, as I am not a mental health specialist I was always escorted and guided by medical staff, depending on the severity or risk levels for each student that may need to be a consideration.

If you can gain access when there are no students in attendance you can more easily do the physical H&S stuff: compliance, fire, escape etc etc. 

Bit of a ramble but I hope that it helps,



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