Domestic Abuse: Lone Working

Overview: Employers have a Duty of Care to ensure their workers are ‘reasonably safe’ and put measures in place to satisfy this. This also extends to contractors and self-employed people doing work for your own business. Although there is no specific law related to lone working, general health and safety legislation must be complied with such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which we will cover in the training. It will often be safe to work alone, however, best practise is to equip yourself with the best knowledge and tools to deal with any health and safety risks before doing so or as a refresher.

An employee working alone is more likely to make poor health and safety decisions and take more risks without a colleague around to share and discuss the decision making. We will help you overcome this barrier with advice on planning ahead, decision making procedures and how and when to best respond to situations that arise.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning your workload
  • Have greater understanding of staying safe
  • Consider how you would handle difficult and challenging behaviour
  • Have developed a personal safety checklist

This training is best suited for anyone who works full or part of the time alone in public, private or self-employed sectors that may come in to contact with challenging behaviour from clients, or victims and perpetrators of abuse. This may include, NHS employees, Private clinicians, Community outreach workers, Refuge staff, Education, Police, Health and Social Care Providers, Academic Support workers, Criminal Justice Services, Family Justice Services, Private Fostering, Etc. Any employee that cannot be seen or heard by a colleague are classed as a lone worker (irrespective of whether this occurs all or some of the time).

Duration: 2 hours