BLOSSOME CIC is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals, especially vulnerable adults, who come into contact with our organisation. Our safeguarding policy outlines our commitment to preventing abuse, responding effectively to concerns, and promoting a culture of safety and respect.
When running programs, group safety is ensured by following emotional and physical safety guidelines:
Contracting – agreeing the ground rules for creating a virtual safe space for the meeting including but not limited to:
- No advice giving
Assuring participants that they have full permission to say No to any activity or technique that they feel might be difficult thereby promoting self-confidence and empowerment. They are the best person to judge what resonates or does not resonate with them with everyone having unique profiles.
If a participant does experience difficult emotions, the Cultivating Self-Compassion program contains techniques to help and the facilitator will lead the whole group in providing support and care to this participant. If further support is needed the facilitator will spend a short time with the participant after the group to ascertain the difficulty and either address it through the course or signpost the participant to further help.
Instructions are given on how to use the online platform so as to ensure those who are less familiar with online platforms are not disadvantaged and experience stress and anxiety in accessing the course.
Advice on how to set up a confidential safe space from which to access the course thereby ensuring privacy so as participants feel they can speak and share freely and openly without being overheard.
Opening the virtual room 10 mins before the start of the group to allow people to settle, connect and feel at ease.
Advising participants on virtual meeting issues such as positioning the camera so as not to have neck strain, sufficient support for their seating, adequate lighting and temperature.
Giving participants full permission to take care of their personnel needs such as attending a bathroom break, standing and stretching, consuming refreshments when needed.
The in person activities will be delivered by a qualified self-compassion supervisor, specialist activity co-ordinator or peer support worker.
Ensuring that the physical space conforms to the relevant Health and Safety regulations and its environment (e.g. temperature, seating) is suited to the group
The space provides privacy for the group
Adequate refreshments are provided or easily accessible
Rest rooms are easily accessible and suitable for disabled participants
Venue has access suitable for disabled participants