Parent’s of Children ‘At Risk’
Why you need Safe Return Home
Children and young adults with memory
problems or disorientation can have problems that can leave them
vulnerable as they move about within the community (case studies
). These problems are
not restricted to one age group or even to a
single disability or medical condition. If you have a loved
one with complex medical, social and or psychological needs
then the Safe Return Home system is designed to assist you.
This multilayered system has been designed to assist
you in safely and securely storing information that could not only
assist in the identification of a loved one should
they become lost or disorientated in public, but also to list
their medical and psychological needs. There is also the facility
for you to list those personal details that make all
the difference in helping a person feel comfortable and
non-threatened when in a crisis situation and being helped by others.
The Safe Return Home system will:
Provide access to vital information to assist with the location of children and adults who become lost or disorientated in the community. As information is stored on the system, it is available immediately and removes the stress of collecting this data at the time of an emergency. The information is ready to be provided or accessed (by special arrangement with local police stations) by Police and other emergency services, and support services (eg. transport services such as bus and train; taxi) and media.
Also benefit those with medical conditions where important data on medications and allergies needs to be available 24-hours a day in case of an emergency. The Safe Return Home database can ‘store’ all the relevant information which can be accessed by the person or their proxy (as registered) at any location with an internet connection. They can also provide access to medical personnel or nursing staff (eg. school camps, respite care) as required (see case study).
Provide the option for a Medical ID Product that contains information of relevance in a medical emergency. The bracelet has an ID that can be linked to the person’s record in the Safe Return Home database.
1. Potential ‘at risk’ Children and
Adolescents because of ‘Wandering’ Behaviour
Some children and young adults have problems
that can leave them vulnerable as they move about within the
community (eg. people with an intellectual disability). These include:
People who experience difficulties
with daily living activities in areas that include:
expressing and understanding language.
acquire the skills necessary to recognise familiar surroundings.
ability to acquire or use the
skills necessary to travel independently in the community.
Young children, who are inquisitive about
their surroundings, but lack the skills to understand the dangers of
slipping away from their carer to explore their environment. This
type of behaviour has been noted by the parents of young children
with Down syndrome and has been termed
The Safe Return Home system provides photo
ID and other information to assist Police and others locate a person
with a disability who has become disoriented and lost in the community.
Wandering can occur at any time and from a variety of settings including:
For the parents of children with an
intellectual disability, the dilemma is how to encourage
independence, creative exploration and enjoyment of the
surroundings, while at the same time preventing the child from
wandering off and becoming lost. It is frequently not possible
to determine what triggers the behaviour or when it will occur.
To the family and carer,wandering behaviour
can significantly add to their list of daily responsibilities and
stress levels. Many carers feel they have to severely restrict
the independence of their loved in order to reduce the risk of a
missing episode. The Safe Return Home system provides
additional re-assurance for parents that all details will be
available immediately to the Police in case of a missing person episode.
2.Children and Adolescents with Medical Conditions
Parents of children and adolescents with medical conditions
want their child to lead a normal life. However,
they may also feel concerned that their child may be too sick or
embarrassed to provide all the information required for the
appropriate medical assistance to be given, should the need arise.
As well, parents cannot always be present when the information on
the child’s condition is needed. In these cases the child can carry
information that allows medical and other health professionals to
access their database records on the Safe Return Home website (all
access to the system is tracked and audited).
Children and adolescents with a health condition or
may benefit from the Safe Return
Home system. These conditions include:
epilepsy and seizures
Basic information available
for all individuals on database:
Detailed description of person
Contact details of carer and other listed
Depending on the carer’s wishes, further
details may also be available including:
Medical conditions and diagnostic
Critical medications that patient
Contact details of treating doctors
Activity of Daily Living Restrictions
Outside Home Functioning
Relevant Life History
Previous Places of Residency
Home address during early adulthood
Previous Workplace Address
If missing, likely destination
Behaviours of concern
Carer suggested management approaches
Name to address person by
Suggested topics for discussion when find
Case Studies are examples of
real life situations. The dilemmas and concerns faced by the
carers and ‘at risk’ people in these and other case studies have
been taken into consideration during the design phases of the ‘Safe
Return Home’ system. A primary goal of the system is to
significantly improve the outcome of cases like these and to reduce