Director of Training and Lone Working Staff Safety expert Gerard O’Dea discusses a key story about the tragic loss of a lone worker in the area of social care and home care.   The issues of lone worker supervision, diary management, and monitoring of safety are crucial to the protection of lone workers and this story illustrates some of the key points.

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Gerard O’Dea is a professional violence-management trainer/consultant who has been active in Lone Working Staff Safety training since 2006.  He regularly delivers training to local authority, housing organisation and other community-based staff teams who work with sometimes difficult, distressed or dangerous members of the public.  His approach to lone-worker training is pragmatic, functional and based on a keen analysis of the issues in the real world of community working.  Gerard published “Lone Worker Personal Safety:  A Guidebook for Health and Social Care Staff” (on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle) in 2014.  For more information please visit: