Reason Behind Service
intervention – stabilisation – recover & reintegration
Providing a person centred, strengths based, skilled and flexible approach maximises the opportunity of supporting our service users to achieve the goals and ambitions that are important to them but to also increase their safety, protection and stability.
Service users are encouraged to think about their strengths, existing resources and any informal support networks they have around them and be helped to identify what their particular needs are, what complex situations may exist and whether they face any risks. This is enabled by providing individualised information on what abuse, neglect or exploitation looks like and how to recognise potential warning signs ensuring people understand what their rights and choices are, and where they can get help and support if they need it.
An effective person-centred, strengths-based approach acts as a preventive mechanism which helps build the child/adults resilience and ability to recognise and manage risks in the future.
The aim of making our plans personal is to ensure that safeguarding support is person-led, focused on and defined by the outcomes the person would like to achieve. It engages the service user in conversations about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety and achieve their overall goals. (Without contravening any safeguarding laws).
A person experiencing abuse or neglect may have difficult decisions to make and as such may need time to consider the risks involved and outcomes they want. Identifying risks and making options clear and understandable is crucial to empowering and safeguarding anyone at risk.
Some people may be unclear as to what they would like to happen. Time and skilled intervention may be required to help them express their views and wishes. Other people may want outcomes which are not possible. Open and honest discussions about reasons why certain actions may not be realistic can help them to re-evaluate their views and consider other options. It is important that safeguarding responses are creative and flexible in order to take account of these differences.
Street Teams work by enabling our service users to have their own voice and give their views on who they want they work with, where they would like to work to take place, what the work will look like (1:1’s or workshops). We create a joint plan with the service user and assess who else we might need to bring on board to allow them to reach their desired outcome and stabilise in other areas of their life which exploitation may have impacted.