Stay Safe

Stay Safe Programme

Organisation    RehabCare 
Target Group    Individuals with Intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties, Autism etc.. The programme can be adapted to meet the needs of the group. 
The programme was developed to enable the service users in RehabCare Kilkenny to identify predatory behaviours from strangers and also 'friends', following some identified needs throughout the group. The programme also gave the individuals who took part, the language to say 'No' and also the language and tools to discuss this with the appropriate support services. The programme was delivered by a mix of group activity, role play and written form, however it can be adapted. 
The aim of the programme: 
1. To encourage the open discussion with service users about keeping safe in the community. 
2. Discuss the concept that a sexual predator is someone we do not know V's Predators we know, they may include people who play important roles within the service-users lives, such as teachers, work supervisors, boyfriend/girlfriend, staff etc. 
3. Empowering service users with the knowledge and skills around what to do and how to get themselves out of uncomfortable situations. 
4. To raise the awareness within the group around the importance of talking to someone and looking at the risks and benefits of this. 
The programme begins with explaining: 
  • Touch: Comfortable VS Uncomfortable, i.e.: Safe (doctors, nurses) VS Unsafe. 
  • Stay Safe Rules.
  • When to tell someone, how to tell someone and what to tell someone. 
The programme uses a wide variety of tools such as: 
  • Senses: smell, sight, touching games. 
  • Visuals: images and flip charts. 
  • Role play: rehearsing, group discussions. 
The concept of the programme will remain the same but is flexible enough to be adapted to target most groups, while focusing on the individual needs of the group. For example, if the group finds that boundaries are an issue time could be spent on working with this. It could equally be modified to support people with Autism by moving away from the intangible concepts and focusing more on scenarios within the action plan of 'Say No, Walk Away, Tell someone'.
Staff and Resources   Developed by Gillian Fitzpatrick, Programme Supervisor and delivered by Gillian and Claire Brennan, Programme Facilitator. 
Duration The programme is run over 6 weeks, with 1 hour a week spent on each element; however this could also be adapted to meet the needs of the group.
Contact /more information  Gillian Fitzpatrick: