Safe Place scheme
What does the scheme involve?Bracknell Forest's Safe Place scheme is being expanded and re-launched in May 2015. The scheme can provide support to vulnerable people in the community when they are out and about.
The scheme provides a number of local shops, businesses and amenities within Bracknell Forest that people can access for support. This is if they are feeling anxious, intimidated, unsafe, disorientated, confused or vulnerable in the community.
Local shops, businesses and amenities display a sticker to let people know that they provide a temporary safe place. They will help access support for them by telephone.
The scheme is designed to support:
- people with learning disabilities
- people with autism
- people with dementia
- people with physical disabilities
- people with mental health issues
- people who are hard of hearing
- people who are partially sighted
- older adults
- young people who go missing, are at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and children with additional needs/disabilities
Any person who would like to use the scheme can carry a Safe Place Card which has their name on it as well as the name and contact numbers of up to 2 people. These could be their support worker, family member, carer or parent.
Staff working in the shop, business or amenity can then telephone one of the contacts to assist if required or simply allow the person to stay on the premises until the person feels less anxious. The person does not need to produce the card in order for them to use the venue as a safe place.
To join the scheme, please contact Safe.Place@bracknell-forest.gov.uk