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Encourage me to stay

  • Sometimes I want to leave because I feel distressed or scared
  • I know I may not be able to leave – talk to me about why you need me to stay.
  • You could say: “We want you to stay so we can keep you safe” rather than explain what happens if I try to leave (For example, calling police or security).
  • Explain why I can’t go home / leave.
  • You could say “You’re here for the right reasons and it’s important to us that we can give you the help and support you need”.
  • Encourage me to want to stay by being kind, caring and talking to me rather than trying to guard me.
  • You could say: “If you feel frustrated and want to leave, please talk to me so we can figure something out”

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