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Risk Assessments, Workplace Audits, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Warden, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, CoSHH Assessments and more.

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Health and Safety Consultancy in Childrens Care and Adolescent Homes

Health and Safety services - Children in residential care

Up to 90,000 young people pass through the care system each year. Care home providers for adolescents usually need to adhere to Ofsted inspections in addition to dealing with a large number of visitors from social workers to medical teams.  Staff exposed to long working hours, managing the upkeep of the home as well as dealing with adolescent issues are just some of the challenges dealt with on a daily basis.

Safety is important and needs to be approached creatively and should not be seen as simply another another legal burden or bureaucratic chore. A planned approach to managing risk should be seen as an enabler, not just to prevent accidents and work related health problems to both staff and service users.  Many homes of this type care for between 3 - 8 young people and it is unlikely that the business owner will be on the premises to manage the safety systems.  How can Health & Safety in Care help you and your staff?

CASE STUDY - scenario

A privately owned adolescent care home provider with 7 properties located in Shropshire & Cheshire needed a programme of site visits to carry out consistent workplace audits and identify staff training needs.  Each property houses 5 residents, mainly on long-term care, and there are up to 9 staff employed at each property.  Staff occasionally attend other properties and will be on their premises for a 48 hour shift at least once per week, with most shifts covering 12 hours.  Many of the young people live outside of the county and therefore staff are expected to use private vehicles to transport service users to family visits as well as school runs.

What did the Health and Safety consultation involve?

Adele carried out H&S inspections and documentation audits at all premises to provide an in depth report for the company directors on health and safety inconsistencies and to prepare the training requirements.  

The workplace audits at each location did not identify many non-compliance recommendations, though the reality of carrying out fire evacuation at night was not suitably controlled at many of the premises and transporting young people in private vehicles not suitably risk managed.  Although staff transport service users in private vehicles, this becomes a workplace activity under health and safety law and relevant risk assessments are needed to ensure staff and service user safety (particularly in the case of vehicle breakdown on major road routes). Also, staff members exposed to unknown situations during resident visits had not been assessed as a lone worker and vulnerable person assessment.

Each property visit resulted in an workplace audit report being supplied to the company owners as well as an overall HSG65 audit report to identify consistent failings that needed to be managed in relation to company-wide safety management systems.  

The training package for all staff members was developed following the property visits to take into account processes carried out in conjunction with the management controls.  Accident records were reviewed to ensure that training provided related to the type of accidents & incidents relevant within the company.  Training included:

Handling aggressive behaviours

Food hygiene

Cleaning

Transport

Responding to accidents - staff and resident users (this list is not exhaustive)


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Outcomes from working across all sites

By delivering consistent training to all employees, the company directors can be assured that staff receive suitable information relating specifically to company policy and procedures.  Having visited all sites the consultant was aware of working practices and the layout of each property, therefore designing the course material which is bespoke to the company.  

Staff were encouraged to be participative within the course, and were familiar with the consultant following the site visits.  Having a built a rapport between the trainer and the attendees allows for staff to highlight health and safety issues that they are concerned about and relative action can be taken to make improvements.

Feedback provided to the employer to show that employees have raised concerns on health and safety matters led to a complete review of risk assessments and the generation of a health and safety committee to take the issues raised forward.  The directors at this company encouraged involvement from staff to raise the standard of health and safety and the commitment is always encouraging for staff, service users, Ofsted inspectors and the safety consultant.