Reflective Practice & Self Care
Both the client and the practitioner need to feel that they are working in a safe and secure environment. If either person feels concerned about their personal security or the safety of their belongings, this may pose a distraction to the work in hand.
In providing an adult educational guidance service, ensure that you have access to and comply with your employer's (e.g. ETB+WIT) Health and Safety Policies.
It is important, particularly when working with high risk clients, to give consideration to:-
- Visibility - Having a meeting room that incorporates glass panels into the door or doors;
- Security - Having a secure storage area for staff personal belongings;
- Safety - Items which could be used as weapons, such as scissors, need to be securely stored away;
- Access - Doors that open from both sides allow for easy access or exit in an emergency situation;
- Egress - guidance counsellors need to position themselves so that they can exit the room without obstruction;
- Emergency- There needs to be a system in place for raising the alarm in cases of emergency.
Can you identify any other safety precautions you might want to take when working with high risk clients?