What to do if you do not feel safe

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    What to do if you do not feel safe

    Reporting an incident

    • We recognise how distressing telling someone of a sexual assault or harassment may be.
    • We will listen and we will hear you.
    • We will be compassionate and provide you with support
    • You should feel confident and safe.
    • We will talk through your options so you can make an informed choice about how you want to proceed
    • We will ensure that a plan is put in place to keep you safe and we will respect your wishes.

    Healthcare professionals and others have a duty to make sure you’re safe and establish and maintain clear boundaries with you. We expect high standards of professional conduct from all our staff.

    You must be able to trust healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care and act in your best interests.

    If ever a member of staff makes you feel uncomfortable and you feel that they have breached your sexual safety, you must report it because this behaviour is wrong - it may be an offence under the

    Sexual Offences Act 2003, a breach of the Trust’s Code of Conduct and Professional Codes of Conduct.

    You may feel extremely upset about what has happened. You might feel too frightened or upset to speak directly to the healthcare professional concerned.

    You have several options:

    • Tell another member of staff on the unit / in the team or the Manager
    • The hearing feedback team
    • Mental Health Advocacy Services in your local area
    • The Care Quality Commission
    • The Local Social Services Department
    • The Police