Best Practice Guidance for Suicide Prevention Services - Survey (Sept 2018)
Best Practice Guidance for Suicide Prevention Services
Findings of a Survey - September 2018
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- The survey in relation to the implementation of the Best Practice Guidance (BPG) for Suicide Prevention Services was administered between December 2017 and January 2018, which resulted in 91% (21 out of 23) of the NGO partner organisations and projects being represented, with over half of those (54% (n=27)) invited to complete the survey doing so.
- The majority of survey respondents were senior members of staff in their respective
organisations. This is evidenced by the findings that almost half of surveyrespondents (48%) reported that they are the Manager in their organisation, 22% reported that they are the CEO, and 11% reported that they are a Staff Member . The work of the funded NGO partner organisationsand projects, and the non-funded organisationsworking in the field of suicide prevention typically fallsunder three categories, as follows: The majority of respondents reported that they worked in the area of Suicide Prevention (41%), followed by those working in Suicide Intervention (34%) and Suicide Postvention (25%) . The scope and scale of the different NGO organisations, partners and non-funded organisations wasevidenced by the large variation in the number of paid staff in organisations, which ranged between 1 and 262 . All NGO partner organisations, projects andnon-funded organisationsreported current involvement with one or more governance structures. The top Governance Framework that those surveyed stated they are currently engaged with is the Code of Governance (96%), followed by the Charity Regulator (89%) . Survey respondents reported that ‘Training and commitment of board members and staff’, ‘Support, training andresources from the Wheel’, and ‘Time and additional resources' have helped them to implement their current Governance Frameworks . In relation to the implementation of the BPG for Suicide Prevention Services, findings revealed that the majority of respondents were in agreement about the ‘Need’, ‘Fit’, and ‘Organisational and Leadership Support’ available for the implementation of these. There was slightly less agreement around the availability of ‘Resources’. guidance