Quiet rooms at events should be supervised for several reasons.
Firstly, supervision ensures the safety and well-being of individuals using the quiet room.
By having a responsible person present, any emergencies or incidents can be promptly addressed and appropriate action can be taken. This supervision can include trained staff or volunteers who are knowledgeable about neurodiversity, mental health and wellbeing, as well as any specific needs or accommodations that may be required.
Secondly, supervision helps maintain the intended purpose of the quiet room.
Without supervision, there is a risk that the space may be misused or disrupted, defeating its purpose as a peaceful and calming environment. Supervisors can ensure that the quiet room remains a quiet and safe space, free from disturbances or inappropriate behaviour.
Furthermore, supervision allows for support and guidance to be provided to individuals using the quiet room.
The presence of a supervisor can offer reassurance and assistance to those who may be feeling overwhelmed or in need of someone to talk to. Supervisors can also provide information about other resources or services available at the event, such as mental health support or accessibility accommodations.
Lastly, supervision helps in identifying any potential risks or issues that may arise within the quiet room.
This can include monitoring the number of individuals using the space to prevent overcrowding, ensuring the cleanliness and maintenance of the room, and addressing any concerns or feedback from users. Supervisors can also keep track of the duration of time individuals spend in the quiet room to ensure fair access for all attendees.
In addition to these practical reasons, supervision of quiet rooms at events also sends a message of accountability and commitment to safeguarding.
It demonstrates that event organisers take the wellbeing and safety of their attendees seriously and are actively taking steps to create a supportive and inclusive environment. This can help build trust and confidence among attendees, knowing that there are dedicated individuals available to assist them if needed.
To further enhance the effectiveness of supervision, it is important for event organisers to provide proper training and guidance to their supervisors. You can speak to EventWell about this training and guidance.
This can include education on neurodiversity awareness, mental health awareness, deescalation techniques, and understanding the specific needs of different individuals. By equipping supervisors with the necessary knowledge and skills, they can effectively support and assist individuals using the quiet room.
Supervision of quiet rooms at events is essential for ensuring the safety, wellbeing, and intended purpose of these spaces. It provides a sense of security, guidance, and support for individuals seeking respite from the noise and crowds. By having trained supervisors present, event organisers can create a positive and inclusive environment that prioritises the mental health and comfort of all attendees.