BC CRN’s Newest Online Offerings for It’s Not Right! and Gatekeeper
In times of COVID-19, vulnerable adults are more at risk of abuse, neglect and self-neglect as an unfortunate result of physical distancing, and self-quarantining. Awareness, education, and community are critical to keeping one another safe.
BC CRN is now offering free virtual outreach programming to the general public and essential workers.
The It’s Not Right! program is for everyday citizens, residents, neighbours, family members, and friends of adults and older adults.
Gatekeeper is the program for you if you are an essential worker who has regular contact with the general public and vulnerable adult populations as part of your daily work activities.
Menu of Program Offerings
It’s Not Right! Light & Gatekeeper Light
This 20 to 30-minute session is perfect for your next virtual lunch and learn, or extended coffee break. In this presentation, we give you an overview of BC CRN, our programs, and what it is you can do as a member of the public if you spot the signs of possible abuse, neglect and self-neglect.
This is a 2-hour session for essential workers. This program is also beneficial for any community group or service provider, including Rotary clubs, bank staff, non-profits, neighbourhood block watches, volunteer organizations, etc. Learn more about what abuse, neglect and self-neglect could look like, the role of the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, and the correct process and action to take to address it.
About the Program
The Gatekeeper Program was developed by Ray Raschko, M.S.W., and Francie Coleman, M.S.W. in 1978 when Raschko had the idea to reach out to people who were in regular contact with older adults (e.g. postal workers, beauticians and other community service providers, etc.), to invite them to make confidential referrals to the mental health agency, that would then be followed up.
Gatekeeper is considered a best practice for identifying vulnerable adults, and connecting them to critical community services, and has since been adapted all over the world.
BC CRN has adapted Gatekeeper as one of its feature workshops to assist communities with recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect and then correctly and respectfully referring these individuals to the appropriate agency.
Gatekeeper can also work together with the It’s Not Right! program.
Objectives of the Program
- Understand the role of the local CRN and how they work with “gatekeepers”.
- Understand the role of the “gatekeeper” in the community, and what they can do to address abuse and neglect.
- Learn the different forms of adult abuse and neglect.
- How and when to refer the individual to help.
- Gatekeeper is an interactive workshop. All participants receive a manual.
Who the Program is For?
Any individual, agency, or community service provider who has regular, ongoing contact with adults as part of their daily routine.
Fees: There is no cost to book a workshop or to participate. We will work with you to organize your session and provide all materials.
Booking a Gatekeeper Workshop
Please contact the Coordinator of Programs to book a session for your group or organization.