Are your staff safe and aware of potential risk at work?
Any leader of an organisation, is required to be aware of any potential danger that poses a threat to the safety and the well-being of their school staff. At the same time, management should also ensure staff are adequately trained to assess and manage an individual or a situation that can lead to aggression.
- Ensure, as far as it is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of their workers
- Assess the risks to their workers (including the risk of reasonably foreseeable violence), decide how significant these risks are, decide what to do to prevent or control the risks, and develop a clear management plan to achieve this;
It is particularly important to appreciate that a range of risk reducing measures may be required. For example: –
• Reviewing staffing levels.
• Coaching staff in interpersonal skills to deal with difficult pupils.
• Identifying early signs of aggression.
• Training staff in the use of appropriate breakaway techniques.
• Improving reporting and recording arrangements for work-related violence;.
• Marking files or records to identify pupils with a known history of violence.
• Managing the transfer of information about pupils with a known history of violence, both within and between agencies.
Whether you work as a teacher or as a support staff risks are imminent and statistics have shown that with appropriate staff safety awareness training 8 out of 10 people are able to successfully diffuse aggression without causing any further harm to themselves or others.
My safety awareness briefings provide staff with a detailed structure on the potential risk in their work environment and gives them the confidence in managing aggression.
My research and expertise are based upon my TEACHSAFE APPROACH.
My TEACHSAFE TRIANGLE is the core structure of my research and delivery methodology. The Triangle is known for its rigidity and structural integrity, all three sides compliment each other, any change in one of them will affect the other two and any side can form the base on which the other two can be built upon, these principles form the core in managing classroom aggression and assault.
Predict- Prevent- Protect
I provide advanced methods of predicting a threat to a persons safety based on behavioural events, this is different from profiling, which is based on types of people. I only advise on specific circumstances and specific individuals who come to someone’s attention because of self-identifying behaviours such as making a threat.
Many situations can be de-escalated by using the correct language when critical conversations present themselves. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can result in a violent response or harbour resentment that re-emerges in later confrontations.
The use of force is a last resort to protect yourself or others and is a result of failed early strategies or lack of information at the time. My approach is simple, highly effective, easy to remember and ethically sound when dealing with a child or adult.
In the Teachsafe approach, your staff will learn how to identify potential risk by assessing the motivation of an aggressor and using appropriate principles to avoid or diffuse the situation reducing any harm to themselves and others. Finally in the unlikely circumstance when the former two principles fails to stop the aggressor, they will be shown how to protect themselves from any physical harm.
Please note I do not train staff in self-defence in the traditional sense as it’s just not effective as a protective strategy.
If you have any teacher safety issue in your school and need expert advice please get in touch with my office for a free consultation.
With my experience and expertise, I will offer you valuable suggestions and preventive measures to keep your school safe and compliant.