Violence at work

UNISON has published a new health and safety guide on violence at work, targeted at the community and voluntary sector.

 

http://www.unison-scotland.org/2017/09/19/not-part-job-health-safety-guide-tackling-violence-work/

 

It is titled ‘It’s not part of the job’ because there is a view at senior levels in the sector that violence initiated by cared for persons is something that staff working in the sector should just put up with. As a consequence, proper recording systems and risk assessments are generally inadequate. This is also a problem in other sectors (education, health and social care), but progress has been made and systems changed, even if there is some way to go in changing behaviours.

 

Branches dealing with employers in the sector are asked to raise this issue with employers and promote the guide to members. It has lots of practical advice and all the documentation needed to help even small employers seriously address this issue.