Safe Places Organisation CIC has recently launched a new assistive technology based SEND education and information service.
This new service is aimed at helping enhance the way Safe Place and Keep Safe schemes operate throughout the UK.
The service consists of three elements each with each element having a number of unique features.
The service is designed so that while not all the features will be suitable for everyone, almost everyone will be able to benefit from one or more of the features.
1 Web Site (Now available)
The web site www.safeplaces.org.uk is the central hub
Scheme operators (members) and are allocated a Virtual Private Network (VPN) account
- Account holds all information about member’s scheme and Safe Places
- Designed to be used in SEND education establishments.
- Is embedded with symbols to ensure as many user groups as possible can access the information
- Uses FS Me font.
- Contains the ‘Point’ software (however your mouse over a word and the symbol appears)
- Works with both touch screens and interactive whiteboards
- Resolves the issue of multiple web sites being operated within a region/nationally
- All member’s Safe Places can be easily viewed on a map and listed
- Details of each Safe Place visible at the touch of a button
- Search function allows you to find all the members Safe Places anywhere in the UK
2 Free-to-use Smart Phone Apps (Now available)
- Are now and will always be free-to-use
- Available to download at the App store and Google Play
- Information on the web site populates the free-to-use smart phone apps
- Only members Safe Places details are visible
- Has reactive function ‘Get me to my nearest Safe Place Now’ (Panic button)
- Can be used proactively to find and visit Safe Places as part of the Safety in the Community ‘Life skills’ curriculum
- Encourages vulnerable people to get out and about in their community
- Safe Place details available at the touch of a button
- Only directs the user to open Safe Places
- Used for a Safe Places ‘treasure hunt’ competition. Entrants details used to evidence exactly how many people are discovering Safe Places and when
- Is an effective way to reach out to more difficult to reach isolated vulnerable people already living independently who may already have and use smart phones
- Treasure hunt can be in different parts of the local area to encourage vulnerable users to visit and experience new places
- Apps can be used by SEND college students who ‘volunteer for work experience’ as part of their course to help identify and audit Safe Places for the scheme operators
- Venue Audits provide figures of how many individual Safe Place visits there have been and when they were made
3 Education and Information materials (SEND and Mainstream) (To Come)
- Introduces Safe Places to formal SEND education for the first time.
- Free-to-use Safe Place teaching materials will be available for all SEND levels
- Every SEND school and college in the UK will be given a free-to-use account
- Enables every downloaded to be recorded so the local Scheme Operator (funding body) can see how many SEND students at each level in each area are being taught about Safe Places
- Materials compatible for use in ‘Life skills’ curriculum
Our service is funded by a small annual membership fee. The fee is charged per district; if a scheme covers more than one district the membership fee will be the total off all the districts combined.
The membership fee is £700 per district per year (or £13.46 per week if you prefer weekly figures).