“Harpers Law” further highlights need to take care of frontline staff

The newly instated “Harpers Law” came into force in the UK now means anyone who kill an emergency worker while committing an offence will face a mandatory life sentence. Harper’s Law was named after PC Andrew Harper, who was killed in the line of duty in 2019. It is a harsh reminder that our front line staff take on risks every day – so it is extremely important they are empowered to feel safe in their roles, and protected while carrying out their jobs.

We’ve written many blogs about rises in cases of violence on attacks, in sectors such as retail and the NHS. If you’re a lone worker, you may also feel particularly vulnerable, but the good news is that there are a few simple things you can arm yourself with that can not only help you to defend yourself, but prevent them from happening in the first place.

Every employee deserves to feel safe and comfortable at work – and that is why we started offering Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) courses. They are an important consideration of workplace training, both for the staff themselves, but also for managers who work with teams who might be put at risk.

PMVA covers conflict management, breakaway and control and restraint all delivered together. Courses are tailored and bespoke to each workplace, as we know there will be different levels of risk to consider for each circumstance.

If you or your staff are concerned that conflict management requires a certain level of strength, then there is no need to worry. Self-defence isn’t all about strength as our courses focus on technique as opposed to physical strength. We also look at alternatives, such as diffusing a potentially threatening situation before it escalates into violence, but where restraint is necessary, some very simple techniques can be used, without relying on strength.

Jake Attard Managing Director at SBRT said: “The recent news about Harper’s Law has highlighted the risks our frontline workers face every day. It’s so important to protect ourselves and others and for team leaders and managers, making sure staff are empowered to use the correct methods to either diffuse a situation or protect themselves if they are threatened with harm.”

John Davies Specialist Consultant at SBRT added: “Our aim has always been to deliver simple and safe methods that can be used by anyone, regardless of their ability. SBRT’s PMVA courses cover things like communication and non-aggressive forms of conflict management as well as safe hands-on approaches that can be used in the event of a harmful situation. Plus, we have excellent, well-trained trainers, who provide professional, friendly training that helps people feel at ease.”

To book your place on a future course with SBRT, get in touch.

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