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“Keeping it safe” leads to acceptance and support


Wouldn't it be nice if we could all work together in an inspiring and safe environment? This is the question that led to the development of an innovative training project called Let Us Keep It Safe.

Let Us Keep It Safe was developed by the Bartiméus Foundation, an organisation based in Utrecht, Netherlands. The foundation supports people with visual impairments and mild learning and intellectual disabilities in a number of small-scale living facilities.

For care workers in these residential homes, learning how best to deal with tension and aggression among clients is a standard part of their training. But when a number of clients indicated that they would also like to learn these de-escalation techniques, the Let Us Keep It Safe project was born.

Thanks to funding from the ESF, the Bartiméus Foundation was able to put staff on a “train the trainer” course, then spend a lot of time working with the client council to design a de-escalation training course based around their needs.