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Violence is considered one of the most dangerous occupational hazards facing mental health workers and injuries resulting from patient aggression are all too common. The Safewards model was created in the UK after a lengthy review of the complex factors contributing to patient aggression. It provides a list of interventions that can be used to respond to these factors to ultimately prevent conflict and violence.

Safewards was introduced to the forensic program at Ontario Shores in 2015/6. A co-creation model was used to guide implementation and tailor the interventions to a forensic setting. The impact of Safewards was assessed by examining rates of violence and strategies for the management of violence pre and post implementation. Staff and patient perspectives were gathered through questionnaires and interviews. The Safewards implementation strategy and some key outcomes will be shared along with suggestions for sustainability.


Dr. Lisa Marshall is a psychologist working in the Forensic Program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competencies in forensic and clinical psychology. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr. Marshall trained in Scotland receiving her Ph.D. from Glasgow Caledonian University and her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from University of Glasgow. She subsequently held a post-doctoral position at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Prior to joining Ontario Shores, Dr. Marshall held clinical forensic positions in maximum security hospitals, prisons, and the community. Dr. Marshall’s research interests are in the interplay between the forensic mental health system and individual patient recovery. To date Dr. Marshall has been awarded grant funding totaling over $750,000; she recently received funding from the Ministry of Labour, Ontario, to examine staff safety in the forensic system.


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