Physical and Psychological Safety
A sense of psychological and physical safety facilitates emotion regulation, creates an environment of trust, and helps children, youth, and families be present and engaged in services.
Advancing Physical and Psychological Safety can include:
- Having a physical environment that promotes a sense of safety, calming, and de-escalation for children, youth, and families
- Recognizing and addressing aspects of the physical environment that may be re-traumatizing and work with families on developing strategies to deal with this.
- Having physical safety and crisis protocols in place that are regularly practiced
- Knowing how to develop safety and crisis prevention plans.
- A workforce that is knowledgeable in differentiating trauma responses and challenging behavior, and able to respond to both
- Procedures focused on working with caregivers to model emotion regulation and de-escalation for children and youth