CBT CAFE SAFE GUARDING POLICY
CBT Cafe (Cake Before Therapy) is a peer-to-peer adult (18+) support group, and ensures it is not marketed as an official therapy group, however we we maintain practices to ensure all attendees feel safe and sign post them accordingly in our code of conduct/house rules.
We believe in equal opportunity and access to support for mental health - ensuring all people are kept safe regardless disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We will meet the above by:
Providing house rules/code of conduct, to be strictly adhered to by all attendees.
House rules are as follows:
1. WHAT IS SAID IN THE ROOM STAYS IN THE ROOM
2. RESPECT EACH OTHER’S VIEWS
3. RESPECT EACH OTHER’S BOUNDARIES
4. NO PRESSURE TO SPEAK OR DISCUSS ANYTHING YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH.
5. YOU CAN WALK AWAY FROM A CONVERSATION OR LEAVE THE ROOM AT ANY TIME IF YOU DO NOT FEEL
We do not want you leaving feeling vulnerable or triggered by anything that may have been discussed. Therefore please come and speak to a host if anything has come up or if there is anything you would like to talk about further.
We are here to support you and signpost you if you need any further support, so please don’t be afraid to speak to any of the hosts.
By participating in the Cafe you agree to the above if you breach these rules you will be asked to leave and not be able to attend another meeting
EMMA LEVINSON is responsible to ensure all safe guarding policies are maintained and promoted.
EMMA LEVINSON (owner and main facilitator) will take lead responsibility for safeguarding at the highest level in the organisation making sure all staff and volunteers understand and follow the safe guarding procedure
ensuring attendees know our safeguarding policies and what to do if they have a concern
building a safeguarding culture where staff, volunteers and Cafe attendee’s know how they are expected to behave and feel comfortable about sharing concerns.
For both physical and online CBT Cafes I will have a break out room that a facilitator can use should any issues arise with an attendee where privacy is needed.
The cafe is for over 18s only
Action to Ensure Safety During The Cafe
All facilitators have mental health training and know how to treating deal with mental distress.
No attendees will leave the cafe if in distress. We will ensure we are with them to support them until we feel they are safe to leave and at no risk to cause harm to themselves or others.
We will make sure we sign post people to relevant support if they need further care.
Contact details and helpline numbers are available for all attendees to take with them.
The host venues are able to provide this for us.
In the event that any injury, illness or damage may or may not have occurred an incident report form will be used to document this. These include actions taken to remedy hazards or follow up from incident to ensure future safeguarding processes and learnings are made.
Immediate action may be necessary at any stage in involvement with Vulnerable Adults.
IN ALL CASES IT IS VITAL TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IS NEEDED TO SAFEGUARD THE ADULT OR ADULTS CONCERNED i.e.:
If emergency medical attention is required this can be secured by calling an ambulance (dial 999) or taking a Vulnerable Adult to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If an adult is in immediate danger the police should be contacted (dial 999) as they alone have the power to remove an adult immediately if protection is necessary, via their powers to use Police Protection.
All facilitators will have mental health training and / or experience dealing with vulnerable adults.
All facilitators will be DBS checked prior to working at a CBT Cafe.
Any issues or complaints should either be raised to a fafe facilitator or put in writing to EMMA LEVINSON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Everything said within the CBT Cafes is confidential.
This is stressed at the start of each meeting and is written in the ‘House Rules’.
Any information gathered from attendees when registering for a cafe will be stored in lines with GDPR.
Cafe owner: EMMA LEVINSON
This document was produced 20th April 2020 and are in force immediately.
The document will be revised and updated on a continued basis.