SAFETY PLANS are the first step in individualizing the Sanctuary® Model. The Safety Plan is an important de-escalation tool to be practiced in the Sanctuary Community and every staff and student has one. Without Safety, the students are not able learn and develop. Staff Safety Plans are based on the role of being Safety plan mentors. It is difficult to help others do what you haven’t done for your self. Violence by youth against other youth is rampant. A Safety Plan is worthwhile if it puts our children out of harms way. Teaching Safety is what all parents have to do. Safety Plans must be simple so that they can be easily remembered. Many families use Safety Plans for themselves to help maintain safety in the house and community.
SAMPLE SAFETY PLAN
1. Take five deep breaths
2. Slowly count to 20
3. Listen to music
4. Talk to _____________
5. Take a walk
Ask your child what is on their safety plan!
written by: Nathan Leeman – Technology Coordinator & Sanctuary Guru