England & Wales Communities and society, Personal and organisational development

Seminar: Personal Safety for Councillors


This is an essential programme for Councillors who are looking for ways to improve their personal safety.

Designed to sit within any Council’s Lone Working and Personal Safety policies, the session is based on sensible advice and established good practice. Much of this has its origins within Police advice and guidance from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

Programme Objectives

By the end of this programme delegates will be able to:

  1. Identify the key issues Councillors can face when carrying out their role
  2. Carry out formal risk assessments
  3. Implement sensible safety precautions
  4. Identify the importance of gut feel and instinct
  5. Explain the steps to be taken to address cyber-bullies and trolls
  6. Use internal reporting procedures.


10.15 am         Coffee and registration

10.30 am         Welcome

  • Introductions
  • Objectives – personal and programme

10.45 am         The Context

  • What is happening around us?
  • What situations are we exposed to as Councillors?

11.15 am         Risk Assessment

  • An Introduction to Risk Assessment
  • Importance of risk assessing different activities
  • Practical exercise and review

12.00 noon      Personal Safety and Early Choices

  • Good practice guide to working safely including:
  • Using public transport
  • Meeting people in their homes
  • Having visitors to our home
  • Meetings
  • Walking, cycling and driving tips

1.00 pm         Lunch

1.30 pm         Technology

  • Use of mobile ‘phones and apps
  • Cyber Bullies and Trolling

2.15 pm         Harassment and Stalking

  • Definition and legal protection
  • Steps to take

2.45 pm         Taking Action

  • Importance of incident reporting
  • Coping with the aftermath of an incident

3.15 pm         Key points from the session

  • Review
  • Evaluation

3.30 pm       Close.


Miranda Smythe

The course is facilitated by Miranda Smythe from The Baikie-Wood Consultancy Ltd. who has 30 years experience in writing and delivering personal development programmes.  Miranda uses many of the techniques herself and is an exceptionally fast reader.  She has also used some of the study ideas when undertaking her own learning and research and is committed to sharing these incredibly useful and practical techniques with others.

Who should attend?

This is a highly interactive session that has been developed for all councillors and officers wanting to look at how to improve their own personal safety.