The Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme has been in existence since 2009 and back then Keep Safe Cards were distributed to clients who used day centre facilities. All Derbyshire libraries are designated ‘safe places’ and DCC want to expand the number of ‘safe places’ in the future.
The Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme is part of the Hate Crime / Keeping Safe Project run by Derbyshire County Council. It is supported by Derbyshire Constabulary, MacIntyre and the Derbyshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.
The scheme aims to stop bullying and abuse of people with learning disabilities across Derbyshire and help people feel safe and confident when out in the community.
The Safe Place Scheme means that within a town or community there are identified places where people can go if they feel ill, scared, threatened or are in trouble while out and about. These identified places can be anywhere, but they could be libraries, shops or council buildings. Stickers are placed in windows to help identify the safe place.
Everyone with a learning disability in Derbyshire should be carrying a Keep Safe Card. The card will have their name on it, and emergency contact details of the person who they would want to be told if they need help. If a person with learning disability is out and about and needs assistance then they will take this card to a safe place to ask for help.
Applications for Keep Safe Cards can be made by completing an online form at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/keepsafecard or by contacting the project lead, Marie Billyeald, Service Manager – Prevention, Tel: 01629 532069 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Scheme can be found on our website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/safeplace.