Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are set to be amongst the first local authorities in the country to sign up to UNISON’s End Violence at Work Charter.
The Charter, which campaigns for an end to violence at work in the community sector was adopted by both councils at Full Council meetings last week.
The charter sets out 10 principles, acting as a set of standards that employers must follow. These include having a written violence and aggression at work policy, taking measures to reduce staff working in isolated buildings and regularly monitoring data on violent incidents.
The councils will now work with UNISON to evidence how they already meet the ten points and capture any additional steps they intend to take to further improve the safety of employees.
Cllr Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said:
“I’m delighted that this important issue received cross-party support. The welfare of our employees is of paramount importance to us. We already have a range of measures in place to ensure their safety and with this we welcome the opportunity to challenge ourselves further and to help bring an end to violence at work.”
Cllr John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council, said:
“I was proud to be able to support this motion: as one of the first district councils in Suffolk to adopt the charter, we can take a lead in being a responsible employer and investing in the safety of our workforce.”