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ERIC Number: ED353111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 10
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Emotional Safety in Outdoor and Experiential Education.
Talbot, Wendy
This paper introduces the concept of emotional safety in outdoor programming. Information and protocols developed by the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School are included that outline procedures that staff follow in the event of an "assault" on any student, volunteer, or staff. For clarification, definitions are given for emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The protocol for emotional safety includes assessing the situation, reporting information to appropriate staff, implementing evacuation procedures, and reporting physical and sexual assault to law enforcement officials. The protocol for a sexual assault includes specific considerations such as immediate evacuation; the same sex staff member obtaining information from the victim; enforcement of confidentiality; protecting the victim from the alleged perpetrator; preserving any physical evidence; and notification of family members and law enforcement officials. It also describes sexual abuse incidents involving both children and adults, with tips to control the problem. Procedures for addressing suicide include confronting the student about their intent and specific instructions for ensuring the safety of a possible suicidal student. Also included is the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School staff workplace harassment policy that defines situations in terms of: sexual harassment; racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation harassment; and general harassment. Specific steps to take if a staff member is being harassed at the workplace or on an outdoor trip are outlined. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada