Adult social care employers have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for service users and employees and to protect people, as far as is reasonable, from violence and aggression at work. No member of staff should be expected to endure abuse or suffer fear from physical attack or threat as part of their job.

This topic covers how to reduce the risks of violent incidents and what to do if one should occur. Related information can be found in the topics on Security and Safeguarding: Developing Sound Practice. The Lone Workers in Social Care topic covers specific risks faced by staff who spend a significant amount of their time working by themselves without close or direct supervision.

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