The Trust has a responsibility to make sure that you and other people are safe.
Staff may need to carry out searches to make sure that unpermitted items are not brought onto the unit. Staff might search:
- your property
- your bedroom
- communal areas.
Should the nurse in charge have reason to suspect that items not permitted on the unit are present a search will be carried out. This is to protect you and other people and keep you safe.
When staff are concerned that illicit substances or items that can cause harm to you have been brought onto the unit, the nurse in charge will speak to you about this. If drugs or dangerous weapons are found there may be a need to contact the police.
Staff can search your bedroom or your property. They will need your consent to do this. You will be asked to be there when the search is carried out.
If you do not consent, the nurse in charge will:
- speak to your consultant, ward manager and modern matron about their concerns and reasons for the search
- they will decide together if a search will be made.
Searching you and your property
Searches will only be performed in accordance with an identified risk. The search is to find any items, substances or potentially dangerous items.
The search of your bedroom or property will be carried out by two members of staff.
If any items or substances are found in your bedroom or property, staff will:
- take these away and put them in a safe environment
- tell you what has been taken
- make a record of what has been removed in the electronic record.
Staff will maintain your privacy and dignity when searching your person. All searches will be conducted by a staff member of the same sex.
Visitors will often bring in property and personal items to make your stay more homely. The nurse will check these to make sure that items not allowed on the unit have not accidentally been included.
The list of items not allowed in the unit is in the welcome pack that you and your family received on admission. Lockers are provided for the safe keeping of visitor’s belongings.
Young people can have leave throughout their stay at the Westwood Centre. Leave can be escorted or unescorted. If there are identified risks, you may, upon return, be searched to make sure that unpermitted items have not been brought back to the unit.
If you are searched you can expect the following:
- staff will use a metal detecting device to help identify any items
- staff may also perform a rub down (as per Trust policy, appendix 2).
The clinical team will review your leave on a weekly basis and as you progress to unescorted leave, you may not need a personal search on your return, depending on your risks.
|Date last updated:||10 / 2018|
|Archive date:||10 / 2021|
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