Last reviewed 18 November 2019

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has launched a new personal safety charter to help employers and employees make workplaces safer for everyone.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was formed shortly after the disappearance of 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh who vanished in 1986 while showing a property in Fulham. She has never been found but the charity was set up by her parents Paul and Diana Lamplugh, and seeks to help keep people safe from violence and aggression.

Now the Trust has published Suzy’s Charter for Workplace Safety which sets out simple steps for ensuring that personal safety risks are identified and mitigated where possible.

The new Charter is the result of work by the Trust with a wide variety of organisations over the last year including unions, large and small businesses as well as the police and employees themselves.

As it launched the Charter, the Trust said that an estimated 374,000 adults of working age in employment experience violence at work annually, including threats and physical assault.

An anonymous employee recently described the devastating effects of an incident of violence to the Trust as follows: “I challenged a shoplifter in the store car park and he pulled a knife on me and held it to my throat. I was the security colleague on duty and I wasn’t issued with a radio or a personal attack alarm. I now suffer from PTSD, anxiety and depression.”

Suky Bhaker, Acting CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said, “It is unacceptable that anyone should face violence and aggression in any form whilst at work. We hope this Charter will help employees and employers create safer workplaces and we would encourage all organisations to work through the Charter a step at a time to make these important changes.”