Safewards is highly effective in reducing conflict and containment

The Safewards model and associated interventions have been highly effective in reducing conflict and containment, and increasing a sense of safety and mutual support for staff and patients.

The Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse (OCMHN), led by Anna Love, has established a Safewards team to assist public mental health units across Victoria to implement Safewards. The model was originally developed in the UK by Bowers and colleagues.