Lone working – the life of a nanny

Lone working – the life of a nanny

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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Lone working – the life of a nanny

 

 

Lone working doesn’t just describe those working in isolation. Lone working can cover jobs in public facing roles too and, as you may have guessed already... nannies.

 

Risks

Whether you are a nanny yourself or a nannying agency - visiting the home of someone else can pose potential risks.

These risks can be in the form of anything from:

  • Manual handling
  • Infections
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Chemicals, and even…
  • Verbal and physical abuse.

 

New family, new home, new rules

Home-life:

Come September, you/your staff will be joining a new family – which means there will be a new home to get to grips with. Have you considered that there might be:

  • Long staircases you will be required to carry pushchairs up?
  • Un-even garden paths to walk down?
  • Broken stair-gates you need to climb over?

 

Travel:

An unknown location, whether that’s the place you will be staying or places you will be visiting (e.g. collecting children from nursery/school/friends houses) can bring potential risks, have you thought about:

  • Distances you will be required to travel?
  • Whether public transport will be running?
  • If you will be working unsocial hours?

 

People:

Not knowing who you will be around (e.g. other adults/parents/older children) can also be a risk. Although verbal and physical abuse may seem dramatic and is less common than other health and safety risks listed above, it is important to be aware that these things can and do sometimes happen.

 

So, what precautions do you need in place?

As always, the number one thing you need to do, is ensure you/your staff have the correct training.

 

lone worker training

 

Training will cover everything from:

How to calm aggressive situations, who to contact should you/they find themselves in an emergency and most importantly...how to run a risk assessment.

As a nanny, it's important to run a risk assessment for your own personal safety. As an agency, you're required by law to ensure that your staff are kept safe when working following the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Completing flick's lone worker training will not only give you advice on what to include in your assessment, what controls to put in place and how to remove risks. It will help you learn how to monitor and review your assessment in the future. As time moves on, new risks may arise and this is something that you need to be on top of.

To give you a little head start, we've created a free downloadable mini risk-assessment for you/your staff to remind you/them to think about potential risks before starting a job.

 

free downloadable print out

 

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