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The UK charity Beyond Words produced a COVID-19 secure environments resource kit for use by healthcare teams, prison officers, education staff, chaplaincy teams and peer support workers to support residents who find pictures more accessible than the written word.

Beyond Words is a UK charity that provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, our resources empower people through pictures. The Beyond Words team has been working on a COVID-19 pictorial toolkit with Dr Caroline Watson, Royal College of General Practitioners’ Clinical Champion for Healthcare in secure environments, and Mr Michael Emmett, a former prisoner.

This resource can be best used in conversation with people in prison to assist them in exploring what they think and feel about being in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that this will help to reduce their anxiety, anger or distress and could be a useful tool in:

- First night and secondary screening process to explain protective health measures such as social distancing, hand washing, and symptoms people might experience with coronavirus
- Providing day to day support including facilitating difficult discussions, such as the importance of shielding, protective isolation, end-of-life care and bereavement
- During any assessment process

The Toolkit includes:

1. Non-language dependent ‘Understanding COVID-19 in Secure Settings’ story in PDF which can be printed on site for distribution to prison officers, chaplaincy teams, education staff, peer mentors and healthcare team
2. Quick User guide
3. 1-page Coaching guide on what to cover in a training session for staff or peer support workers e.g. reception orderlies or ‘Listeners’
4. ‘First Night Pack’ leaflet for ‘Understanding COVID-19 in Secure Settings’ to be printed on site and to be used as part of the induction process.


Books Beyond Words
City Lit
1-10 Keeley Street
Covent Garden

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