England & Wales Brexit, Personal and organisational development, Welfare and equalities

FREE Seminar: Personal Safety for Councillors

We offering a free seminar during the general election for Councillors concerned about their personal safety as part of our project #DispatchesFromTheDoorstep and #GE2019 Defending our Democracy.

Spaces are limited and bookings are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To register please click ‘book now’

 

This is an essential programme for Councillors who are mindful of their personal safety, particularly at the moment when many Members are canvassing during Purdah.

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 and dynamic risk assessments
  3. Canvas safely
  4. Manage interactions with heated constituents
  5. Build a personal safety strategy
  6. Identify the importance of gut feel and instinct
  7. Explain the steps to be taken to address cyber-bullies and trolls
  8. Identify the importance of reporting abuse and poor behaviour.

Programme

10.00 am         Refreshments 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:
  • Canvasing
  • Using public transport
  • Surgeries
  • 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.

FREE Seminar: Personal Safety for Councillors

Who should attend?

This is an essential programme for Councillors who are mindful of their personal safety, particularly at the moment when many Members are canvassing during Purdah.

 

Speakers:

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.