Mental Health Incident Management Procedures

Last Updated: 01/07/2024

This process is to be followed in the event of a mental health incident:

In the event that there has been a temporary risk to life from self harm/suicidal behaviour/risky behaviour:

  1. 1st engagement to ensure they are no longer in imminent/immediate danger. Ideally by a trained mental health 1st responder/welfare officer. If the risk to life is imminent and ongoing call 999 (and follow venue protocols).
  2. Containment – a suitably trained person will ensure that the person is not left unaccompanied.
  3. Call the BF Safeguarding Lead emergency line. If they are not available BF CMO. If they are not available the CEO.
  4. Incident Management Panel  – senior BF staff member, welfare officer and any appropriate staff/coaches. Actions can include:
    1. U18 involved – The parents will be called to collect (or arrange collection of) the child. Children will not be permitted to leave the venue unaccompanied.
    2. 18+ involved – call emergency contacts to accompany person
    3. Identification of the safest environment for the person – this could be returning them into a training environment, but with en
    4. Decision to notify children services will be taken by BF Safeguarding Lead.
    5. Consideration of check-in on the welfare of others affected by the incident (which could include support provision).
  5. Senior Staff Member will be responsible for
    1. Agreeing with BF LSO a handover and any outstanding actions.
    2. Incident Report
      • What happened – who, what, where, how, when
      • Outstanding follow-up actions (with owners)
      • Recommendations for future camps.

If there is a concern that the risk to life may arise again, participants will not be allowed to leave the venue unaccompanied, and if they do, BF may call the police.



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