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Dangerous Behaviour: Open Workshop – West Midlands, 20.03.2017

As I’ve said before, it is very difficult for individual participants to access this kind of training as it is almost exclusively delivered “in-house” to closed groups. Thankfully Mosaic Training & Consultancy are staging the dramatic “Fringe Theatre” style “Difficult, Disturbing and Dangerous Behaviour” workshop in Alvechurch next March and making places available for the remarkably cheap price of £89.95 pp. You can find the details HERE

Places may be at a premium so do book early to avoid disappoinment…

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Facing Danger in the Helping Professions

Just received a copy and I have to say it’s a great read! Get a copy – available via Amazon or through the Open University Press – recommend it to friends and review it on Amazon.

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Mental health charity fined over employee knife death

Monday, 1 February 2010

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8491026.stm

A mental health charity has been ordered to pay £50,000 for failing to protect a graduate who was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic.

Mental Health Matters employee Ashleigh Ewing, 22, was found dead in Ronald Dixon’s Newcastle home in 2006.

Dixon, then 35, later denied murder, but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

The Sunderland-based charity admitted health and safety breaches and was fined £30,000, with £20,000 costs.

Newcastle Crown Court was told the charity was aware Dixon had a history of violence and refusing to take his medication.

Nonetheless, they sent the Northumbria University psychology graduate, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, to visit him alone at the house in Heaton.

She was stabbed 39 times with four different kitchen knives.

Dixon was jailed indefinitely in 2007

Prosecutor Kevin Donnelly said Miss Ewing’s death was not caused by Mental Health Matters but that further risk assessments and training should have been carried out in order to protect her.

He said: “The prosecution does not suggest that Ashleigh Ewing’s death at the hands of Ronald Dixon was an event that could or should have been foreseen.

“Mental Health Matters failed to identify and respond to the increasing risks to which Ashleigh Ewing was exposed in the course of her employment.”

But he added: “It cannot be said that the failings of Mental Health Matters caused Ashleigh Ewing’s death.”

The court was told that there was no guarantee Miss Ewing would not have been killed had risk assessments been carried out, but that the likelihood could have been reduced.

The judge, Mr Justice Keith, said: “The fact that a life has tragically been lost is a fact which must be reflected in the level of the fine.

“But it goes without saying that nothing can compensate for the loss of Ashleigh’s life, which is of course precious.”

James Maxwell-Scott, defending, said: “Mental Health Matters wishes to apologise unreservedly to her family and the court for the failing which it admits.

“Mental Health Matters is deeply sorry that this tragedy occurred and its thoughts and sympathies are first and foremost with the family.”

In a statement, Miss Ewing’s family said: “It was tragic that she had to pay with her life so that lessons could be learned which might saves lives in the future.”

Pam Waldron of the Health and Safety Executive said: “While Mental Health Matters had procedures in place, paperwork doesn’t save lives. Those procedures and policies have got to be followed through.”

Following his trial in October 2007, Dixon was detained indefinitely.

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DH failed to act on key recommendations of violence task force

Posted: 22 April 2008 |

From Community Care
writes Maria Ahmed
The Department of Health has failed to act on key recommendations of a £2m action plan to reduce violence against social care staff, Community Care has learned.

In 2001, an expert taskforce called for measures including the inspection of social care employers’ policies on staff safety, but sector leaders say implementation “fizzled out” even though the government had accepted all of the recommendations.

Now, former members of the taskforce are urging the government to review the issue of violence against social care staff, after Lancashire community support worker Philip Ellison was fatally stabbed at a supported living scheme earlier this month. Robert Searle, 51, has been charged with his murder. The taskforce was set up after Wandsworth approved social worker Jenny Morrison was stabbed to death by a mental health service user in 1998.

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Government ‘did little’ to implement plan

Chris Davies, former chair of the taskforce, told Community Care he was disappointed that the government “did very little” to implement the action plan. “They left it very much to individual agencies and employers to take the message on, and the government did not pursue it as purposefully as they should have done,” he said.

Davies, a previous president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, said the government should “revisit” the issue in the light of changes to regulation and employment since 2001.

The taskforce recommended that the General Social Care Council code of practice should include a standard “which makes clear the responsibilities of all social care employers for the safety of their staff”. This was adopted and is still in place, but the government failed to follow through other recommendations to inspect social care employers against this standard.

Assessment of staff safety standard dropped

The Social Services Inspectorate and National Care Standards Commission – which merged in 2004 to form the Commission for Social Care Inspection – initially required information on this from employers, but this ceased after they were “satisfied” the standard had been achieved, Community Care understands. According to the CSCI, there is no current performance measure for regulated social care employers relating to staff safety.

Former taskforce member Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, said: “There should have been sharper focus on the inspectorate recommendation to check policies on violence against staff. It wasn’t taken on, so councils didn’t really grasp it.” Ahmed said it was “timely” for the government to review the issue, ahead of the creation of the new Care Quality Commission, which will take on the inspection and regulation of health and adult social care next year.

More staff working in people’s homes

She also pointed out that more staff would be required to work in people’s homes as part of the new personalisation agenda. “There is emphasis on training but not on welfare of staff,” Ahmed said.

Writer Terry Philpot, who was a member of the taskforce while editor-in-chief of Community Care, said: “Despite all our efforts, I have never been convinced that government and employers allowed us to make the impact that the problem of violence warranted.”

Former taskforce member Andrea Rowe, chief executive of Skills for Care, said: “It would be better for the Department of Health to commission a refresh and republish what has been done rather than set up yet another talking group.”

Former taskforce members Helen Dent, chief executive of the Family Welfare Association, and Lesley Rimmer, chief executive of the UK Care Home Association, also backed calls for a government review.

£97m for NHS to tackle staff safety

Rimmer pointed out that the government had pledged £97m to tackle violence against NHS staff from 2007-11, asking: “Where is the equivalent for social care workers?”

When asked what had been done to follow up the action plan, a Department of Health spokesperson said: “It is the responsibility of employers to ensure staff are safe and not put at risk. Local authorities are expected to agree their own action plan on staff protection matters.”

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Lancashire social worker stabbed to death

writes Maria Ahmed in Community Care Magazine online News Section

A Lancashire social worker has been stabbed to death while on a house visit.

The attack occured this morning at Glebe Close, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire police said.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by officers.

Councillor Chris Cheetham, cabinet member for adult and community services at Lancashire county council, said: “I can confirm a serious incident happened today involving an employee of the county council. It is with sadness we can confirm that one of our social care workers has died. We are not in a position to release any further details at this stage.

“We are assisting the police in their investigation. We will also be carrying out our own thorough internal investigation alongside our health partners, the Lancashire Care NHS Trust.

“This is a tragic incident. My first thoughts are for his family and friends. On behalf of the authority I would like to offer our sincere condolences. It is a dreadful loss.”

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