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Vulnerable Adult & Child Policy

Policy to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable adults and children

Background 

  • Motherdom is a mental wellbeing media platform that publishes both written content and a podcast.  Motherdom recognises that those choosing to read/listen and contribute to the platform may include vulnerable adults and specifically those who have experienced maternal mental ill-health.  
  • Motherdom recognises that, in some circumstances, writing or speaking about their own experiences may have a detrimental affect on the ongoing mental health and welfare of an individual. 
  • Motherdom therefore seeks to ensure that the health and wellbeing of   individuals who contribute to and access the platform is appropriately supported. The welfare of individuals, vulnerable adults, young people and children is paramount. 

We’re passionate about ensuring our contributors are being looked after – Anna is certainly not a tabloid journalist, and she cares about her writers!

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to outline steps that Motherdom will take to seek to protect those contributors and readers/listeners of Motherdom who may be considered vulnerable adults as a result of maternal mental ill-health.  

Definitions

  • ‘Vulnerable adults’ are defined as a person who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation. This may include those suffering from maternal mental ill-health issues.
  • ‘Maternal mental ill-health issues’ refers to a range of perinatal conditions including (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, OCD, postpartum psychosis, PTSD and birth trauma.

Contributors

  1. Some contributors to Motherdom may be classed as ‘vulnerable adults’ and may have experienced maternal mental ill-health. They may write about that experience for the media platform, or take part in a podcast episode.
  2. If a potential contributor is interested in writing a ‘real-life’ piece and has their own lived experience of maternal mental ill-health issues, Motherdom’s Founding Editor Anna Ceesay will request that individuals confirm that they have access to professional support, and that support is still available to them should they need it at any point in the writing process or immediately following publication. The same process applies to prospective podcast guests.
  3. ‘Professional support’ could include psychotherapy or counselling with a practitioner whom is either operating through the NHS or privately, is registered by the appropriate professional body and covered by appropriate insurance.
     
  4. It is the contributor’s responsibility to determine that this professional support meets this criteria rather than Motherdom’s.
  5. Anna Ceesay must be satisfied prior to a commission being made, an article accepted for publication, or a guest taking part in the podcast, that the contributor has appropriate professional support in place in the event of increased mental ill-health.
  6. It remains at all times, the decision of Motherdom as to whether a contribution is commissioned and/or accepted for publication. Motherdom will ensure that contributors are informed that the decision to commission or publish a contributed article remains at all times, the decision of Anna Ceesay. 
  7. A refusal to commission or publish a contribution may be made if Motherdom consider that there may be a detrimental affect or harm on the contributor and/or the contributor has not confirmed that professional support is in place.
  8. There are instances where pitches that are sent to Motherdom will not be commissioned for a full article for other reasons that do not relate to the above.
  9. In rare cases, there are instances in which an article or podcast interview that has been commissioned is not published, as there are concerns held by either Anna Ceesay or the Editorial Board that cannot be remedied.
  10. As a small social enterprise, Motherdom is unable to offer remuneration for articles or podcast participation. All contributors write and speak on a pro bono basis.

Readers / listeners

  1. It is recognised that material contained on the Motherdom platform may have an effect on vulnerable adults. Some articles can be emotional to read; and some podcast episodes can be emotional to listen to.
  2. Motherdom will include a trigger warning at the beginning of such articles/ episodes to prepare more vulnerable readers/ listeners for potentially emotional content.
  3. Any trigger warning will be included following consideration by Anna Ceesay, sometimes in consultation with an Editorial Board member.
  4. An Urgent Warning will be in a ‘pop up’ form on Motherdom’s website. Website visitors will be asked to confirm that they have read the Disclaimer and are aged over 18 before they are able to access any written content. This Urgent Warning will also be linked to in any trigger warnings.

URGENT WARNING

Some of the material you read on this website is potentially upsetting. Or you may read an article that makes you realise that you are struggling more than you thought. 

If you need further support, please speak to your GP or another healthcare professional within or outside of the NHS. If you are seeking help outside of the NHS, make sure you see someone registered with an appropriate professional body. There is also lots of information available online via MIND or the NHS website.

If you are feeling in crisis, please speak to your GP, or you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In an emergency, please call 999 or visit A&E. 

Children

  1. Motherdom does not accept pitches for commissions, articles, or podcast appearances from children under the age of 18.
  2. Motherdom asks website users to confirm they are aged over 18 before reading any of the content.
  3. Motherdom’s Instagram page has a minimum age requirement of 18. 

Use of Children’s Photographs

  1. Motherdom sometimes organises photo shoots for contributors. Parents are welcome to bring their children to these photo shoots and Motherdom will always seek parents’ permission to use any photographs of children taken during photo shoots.
  2. On occasions where the parent doesn’t attend a photo shoot organised by Motherdom, but already has a photograph of them and their child which they are happy for Motherdom to use, again, written permission will be requested from a parent or guardian prior to any image being used.

Urgent Warning

Some of the material you read on this website is potentially upsetting. Or you may read an article that makes you realise that you are struggling more than you thought.

If you need further support, please speak to your GP or another healthcare professional within or outside of the NHS. If you are seeking help outside of the NHS, make sure you see someone registered with an appropriate professional body.  There is also lots of information available online via MIND or the NHS website.

If you are feeling in crisis, please speak to your GP, or you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In an emergency, please call 999 or visit A&E.

Please note: some of this content was written in 2019. Please follow current coronavirus government guidance at all times.

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