Personal Safety Training for your Community-based team.

Enable staff to identify danger early and to remove themselves from danger.

  • Create preplanned responses
  • Identify escalating behaviours of concern
  • De-Escalate through words and behaviour
  • Exit the situation
  • Record and Report the Incident

Your staff are doing their Very Best: Let's give them the best training to manage their Personal Safety!

Community based workers are an essential part of society as they provide support and care to individuals in need. However, these workers face several risks to their personal safety while performing their duties. According to the British Crime Survey, violence at work affects a significant number of community-based workers in the UK. Training in personal safety addresses the issue of violence at work and the measures community-based workers can take to protect themselves, their colleagues and their organisation.

“It began with a phone call—a service user was looking for additional help with their issue. He got progressively more aggressive throughout the course of the conversation, and it culminated in him saying that he was coming down to the office there and then and he was going to hurt somebody. So we locked the front door. The staff were in the reception and office area..."

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Personal Safety Issues for Community Workers

Community workers play a critical role in helping vulnerable populations such as victims of domestic violence, mental health patients, and the homeless. While the work is rewarding, it can also be dangerous, and community workers are exposed to personal safety risks such as abuse, intimidation, and the threat of assault. It is, therefore, essential for community workers to take personal safety seriously and be prepared for any situation that may arise. In this essay, we will discuss some of the personal safety issues that community workers face and ways to ensure personal safety.

Community workers face many personal safety issues that can put them in danger. These issues include:

Verbal abuse

Clients may become verbally abusive and use threatening language or shouting. Verbal abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse and can cause psychological trauma to the worker.

Physical abuse

Clients may physically attack the worker, causing harm or injury. Physical abuse can take many forms, from hitting and punching to kicking and biting. The worker must be prepared to defend themselves.

Sexual harassment

Workers may face sexual harassment or assault from clients. Sexual harassment can take many forms, from suggestive comments to unwanted touching. It can cause significant emotional distress to the worker.

Home visits

Workers may be required to visit clients in their homes, which can be dangerous if the client is unpredictable or violent. Home visits can be a high-risk situation, and workers must be prepared for any eventuality.

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Be Alert and Decisive - Take Appropriate Action

Ensuring Personal Safety

To ensure personal safety, community workers must take proactive measures to mitigate potential risks. Some of the ways to ensure personal safety include:


Community workers should receive training on how to handle difficult situations, such as de-escalation techniques and self-protection. Training should also cover identifying potential risks and how to respond to them.

Risk assessment

Workers should conduct a risk assessment before visiting a service user to determine any potential dangers. The assessment should cover the person and/ or the address history, the environment, and any potential triggers.

"If we don't tell staff what to say, we can't be surprised by what comes out of their mouths" - but many leaders wish their staff could handle conflict early and confidently, stopping escalation of situations and the need for management interventions at a later stage.


Workers should communicate with colleagues and supervisors about their whereabouts and any concerns they may have. It is essential to have a support network to turn to in case of an emergency.

Alerting equipment

Workers should have access to alerting devices or equipment, to protect themselves from harm. The equipment should be appropriate for the type of work and potential risks.

Emergency response plan

Workers should have an emergency response plan in place in case of an emergency. The plan should include a panic button or a phone app that alerts colleagues or authorities.

Personal safety is essential for community workers who deal with abuse, intimidation, and the threat of assault. It is vital to take personal safety seriously and be prepared for any situation that may arise. By being aware of personal safety issues and taking steps to ensure personal safety, community workers can protect themselves and provide the best possible care for their clients. Remember, taking precautions is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of responsibility and professionalism. Community workers play a critical role in helping vulnerable populations, and it is essential to ensure that they are safe while doing their work.

Three Phases of Personal Safety

You want to stop things early before people become upset, or to deal with them when they are already upset in order to resolve the situation peacefully.  Sometimes, you'll need to realise how much danger you are in, quickly, and be decisive and effective to keep yourself safe.

Be Alert And Decisive
Respond, Don't React
It's Showtime, all the time!

De-Escalation - identify and resolve high-stakes encounters when people are feeling angry, upset, disappointed.

Take Appropriate Action
If in Doubt, Get Out!
Self-Protection Tactics

What your team will learn in Personal Safety Training

  • Gateway behaviours of violence, abuse and intimidation
  • How to identify the phases of crisis or out-of-control behaviour early
  • Fundamental tactics for de-escalating an angry, upset, frustrated person
  • Using distance, positioning and hand placement to stay safe
  • How to prepare for a quick exit and to choose escape routes
  • Understanding movement and distance at close proximity in buildings and streets
  • How to close an interaction to achieve the best possible outcome
  • What to do when words alone fail
  • OPTIONAL: Self-Protection Tactics at fundamental level (primary assaults)
  • OPTIONAL: Self-Protection Tactics at higher-risk level (common assault types)

OPTIONAL:  Breakaway and Self-Protection Training

The Benefits of Personal Safety Training for Workers

Personal safety training is a crucial aspect of workplace safety that helps workers to mitigate safety risks and protect themselves from harm. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of personal safety training for workers and why it is essential for all at-risk employees to receive this kind of training.

Reduce workplace injuries and accidents

Personal safety training empowers workers with the knowledge and skills they need to recognize potentially risky encounters and how to avoid them. Workers who receive safety training are less likely to be injured or abused, resulting in fewer lost workdays and medical costs for the employer.

Improve employee morale and productivity

When workers feel confident and safe in interacting with your service users or customers, they are more likely to be productive and motivated. Personal safety training instills a sense of confidence in workers, enabling them to focus on their work rather than worrying about their safety. This, in turn, leads to improved employee morale and productivity.

Comply with safety regulations

Personal safety training is often required by Health and Safety law and established industry standards. Employers who provide fit-for-purpose personal safety training to their workers are in compliance with these regulations and can avoid costly fines and legal issues.

Enhance teamwork and communication

Personal safety training often involves group activities, and interacts with other training such as first aid and emergency response drills. These activities create opportunities for workers to work together and communicate effectively. As a result, teamwork and communication skills are enhanced, leading to a more cohesive and efficient work environment.

Improve customer satisfaction

Workers who receive personal safety training are better equipped to handle difficult situations, such as an emergency or a customer complaint. This leads to improved customer satisfaction, as customers feel confident that their needs will be addressed in a timely and professional manner.

In conclusion, personal safety training is an essential aspect of workplace safety that provides workers with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves from harm. By reducing workplace injuries, improving employee morale and productivity, complying with safety regulations, enhancing teamwork and communication, and improving customer satisfaction, personal safety training benefits both employees and employers. Employers should make personal safety training a priority and ensure that all workers receive this kind of training. Remember, a safe workplace is a productive workplace.

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Example Core Scenarios - you may have a person in your workplace who is:

  1. Simply confused about something
  2. Hesitating to comply, needs encouragement
  3. Complaining about service
  4. Refusing to Follow the Rules
  5. Threatening and Abusive
  6. Presenting a real danger to safety

Using these core scenarios as examples, we lead your Personal Safety Training learners through exercises where they must use elements of the Non-Escalation, De-Escalation and Crisis Management methods and select the appropriate strategies to meet the situation.

Treating People with Dignity and Showing Respect is a core value.

However, many staff will depend on on-the-job training or their natural talents to get through difficult encounters.  Without expert input, reassuring them of their efforts, burnout is more likely.

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Personal Safety Training

With the help of academic colleagues at Loughborough University, we are continually developing enhanced learning design methodology which ensures that your training budget is spent on best-value activities.   Our training is therefore:

  1. 1
    EMOTIONALLY SAFE - delivered in a supportive environment where effort and engagement are rewarded and in which difficulty is seen as a necessary step towards mastery of target content.
  2. 2
    CONTEXTUALISED TO WORKPLACE SCENARIOS - focuses on exploring the complete picture of the most common flashpoint scenarios which are familiar to your team’s experience of the workplace.
  3. 3
    PRACTICE-BASED - your team are repeatedly faced with and engaged in work-like encounters and incidents on which their individual and team performance is assessed from multiple points-of-view.
Gerard O'Dea

Director of Training, Dynamis

About Dynamis

Established in 2006, since 2017 Dynamis has been a Quality Award Centre with the Institute of Conflict Management (QAC#2201which provides independent assessment and verification of our high Quality Assurance Standards.

Gerard O’Dea, our Director of Training, also holds the ICM Physical Skills Tutor Award (ICM L324 # 5488T) which provides independent quality assurance, evidence, verification and recognition of the award holders’ expertise, knowledge and qualifications in physical skills tuition.

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