May 25, 2018

Ger

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44259665
A rare work-post on my personal feed, but this topic is close to my heart. Since 2007 and my first break into occupational conflict training, I have trained thousands of ‘lone workers’ in personal safety. Funny enough, that was the year when the killings of social workers, out in the community working on their own, by their clients/patients, at a rate of just over one per year, seemed to stop after twenty years of tragedies. These people are courageous and compassionate and deserve support. Most of those tragedies had identical impact factors though. It is crushing, but in recent years we have seen fatal incidents emerging as a trend again. And today, this story. I predict: a criminal absence of training, a criminal deficit of information which if shared with her could have helped her to stay safe, a criminal absence of systems for her to use for alerting others that she felt in danger and finally a history of worrying violence and/or threats from the man. In most cases, you don’t need to consult a ‘rocket surgeon’ to predict violence, and all you need is a conscience and a backbone to manage lone workers safely.
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Gerard O'Dea is the Director of Training for Dynamis. Training Advisor, Speaker, Author and Expert Witness on Personal Safety, Conflict Management and Physical Interventions, he is the European Advisor for Vistelar Conflict Management, a global programme focussing on the spectrum of human conflict.

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