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What is Physical Safety?

  • Physical safety is the absence of harm or injury that can be experienced by any person from a physical object or practices that include a physical object. Physical objects can include a person, the room itself, furniture, medical equipment, prohibited items, toys, art work, etc.
  • Physical safety cannot be established without simultaneously providing psychological and emotional safety to the professional and the service receiver.
  • Once psychological and emotional safety is established, professionals can create a safe physical environment by creating practices, guidelines, policies and training that promote safety for all.

For information on safe spaces, visit our interactive Trauma Informed Space vs. Non Trauma Informed Space.