The trust has developed a safety plan in collaboration with service users building the design and flow into the plan from suicide risk and identification through to actions and support.

The safety plan should be completed with the service user and not for them.

Once complete the safety plan needs to be uploaded onto RiO.  Due to reporting issues within RiO we also require that safety plans are also reported in the ‘Risk Information – My Safety Plan’ section of case record menu.

The trust has a goal that all service users in our care be offered a safety plan.  Please ensure that any offers, even if refused are also recorded on this reporting tool.

An alert is also available within RiO to indicate that the service user has an active safety plan and this should be referred to in times of crisis.

The concept of a safety plan is not a new one. It is recognised that planning for safety in a collaborative recovery orientated way is essential to support those who use our services to plan for managing immediate and future risks to their safety.

A well-structured safety plan should include learning about behaviours used in a crisis, events that precipitate a crisis and consideration and planning for alternative ways to manage.

To aid in the development across the trust has developed a practitioners guide that will give all the information to clinicians on how to produce a safety plan in conjunction with a service user.

After completing eRISK training (see training tab) all staff are expected to record the safety plan documentation within RIO in the My Safety Plan tab. Please refer to the practical guide here, which gives a step by step overview as to how to do this.  You can also click the link below to the QPA providing guidance around recording the safety plan in RIO

QPA 2022-40 Safety Plan recording in RIO

Recording in other systems such as EMIS and IAPTus is currently being discussed.


The practitioners guide is presented in different sections these can be used to help support service users and their significant others in developing a safety plan.

In addition, resources for help in identifying support for problem areas can be explored with service users these can be by means of web sites

Example safety plans are also completed to give a guide as to the content of each individual area of the safety plan.

A safety plan should be completed with the service user, these can be completed on a computer screen or by printing a blank document and completing it in writing.

These documents then need to be uploaded into RiO and the ‘My Safety Plan’ section completed which can be found under the ‘Risk Information’ section.


Any updates to the safety plan need to be also reported within this section, and the new page or document uploaded onto RiO.

The blank documents are available in editable pdf or word format (please ask Safe from suicide team for these if needed).