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28 September 2018
 September 28, 2018
Advice for Travelling at Night

Infographic: Personal Safety at Night

As the days get shorter it’s important to think about your personal safety when you’re out and about.

At this time of year we’re starting to see the effect of the changing seasons on our journeys to and from work in particular, with many of us noticing the darker mornings and shorter evenings.

We’ve produced a quick reference guide with some top safety tips that you should bear in mind when travelling at night.

 
1. Let People Know Where You Are
Before you go out tell someone where you are planning to go and roughly when you expect to come back.
2. Avoid Walking Alone
Remember there is safety in numbers, so if possible try to stay with a group of friends.
3. Be Confident and Alert
Walk with purpose and be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Don’t wear earphones.
4. Keep Expensive Items Out of Sight
Valuable items such as mobile phones or jewellery can make you a target for thieves, make sure these are safely tucked

22 August 2018
 August 22, 2018
Should the UK introduce emergency text alerts

Should the UK use Mobile Alert Systems?

On a Friday evening in the run up to Christmas 2017, panic spread through one of London’s busiest shopping areas, Oxford Street, as rumours of a terror alert began circling on social media.

Amongst the chaos that ensued, singer Olly Murs became an unlikely source of public safety information, telling his 7 million Twitter followers that gunshots had been heard in department store Selfridges.

Some time later Police confirmed the incident to be false, having reportedly originated from an altercation between two men at a nearby tube station. However, by this time it was too late. Scenes of mass-hysteria were described as armed officers evacuated the area, with screaming crowds ‘running for their lives’ resulting in a stampede which injured several people.

This case quite clearly highlights the importance of controlling the misinformation that can circulate in these situations, especially on social media.
What are mobile alert systems?
One possible way to do this is using mobile alert systems, which in the event of a real emergency can disseminate safety information quickly to a mass audience straight to

8 August 2018
 August 8, 2018
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Festival Safety: Your Guide to Staying Safe as a Lone Worker this Festival Season

It’s that time of year again where people of all ages are enjoying the sun and possibly attending some of the many festivals happening all over the country.

It’s no secret that these festivals can often pose threats to the attendees, something which many newspapers, websites and police forces try to mitigate by launching campaigns aimed at keeping the attendees aware and safe. But what about the lone workers at these events? What threats are they faced with? And how can we reduce the risks?

Many workers at these festivals are often volunteers or temporary workers hired just for the event. However, it is not uncommon to also see police patrolling these events as an extra precaution to ensure the safety of the attendees. At 2017’s Notting Hill Carnival, The Independent reported that 31 police officers experienced injuries due to acts of violence, such as

16 July 2018
 July 16, 2018
Challenge of Keeping Workers Safe in Gig Economy

Worker Safety in the Gig Economy

Following a series of high profile cases, the so-called ‘gig economy’ has gained notoriety as many of its workers are reported to be paying the price for greater flexibility by sacrificing basic employment rights and their safety.

The ‘gig economy’ refers to the trend for companies hiring individuals and paying them on a job by job basis instead of employing them in a permanent role. According to Analysts at McKinsey Global Institute, it’s estimated that around 5 million people in the UK are employed in this way, which makes up 15.6% of the countries’ total workforce.

Although many workers benefit from the increased flexibility and control over when they work, for others this is not a lifestyle choice but their only employment option in a competitive job market.

The issue of employment status has been raised as some claim a lack of legal clarity has resulted in many workers have been wrongly labelled as self-employed. This means that these individuals don’t have access to the same benefits and protections that a permanent full-time employee

5 July 2018
 July 5, 2018
The National Health Service turns 70

NHS Celebrates 70 Years of Protecting Britain

Across Britain people are coming together today to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. And what better way to mark the occasion than by giving thanks and recognition to its extraordinary staff, the everyday heroes that go above and beyond, day in day out to look after us.

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 by Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, as part of his vision to make universal healthcare accessible to all regardless of wealth. Today, 70 years later the NHS is renowned and admired throughout the world for the high level of care that it provides to patients.

Buildings around the country, from the Blackpool Tower to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye will be lighting up blue this evening to celebrate this incredible milestone. Special ceremonies are also due to be held at Westminster Abbey and York Minster to acknowledge the achievements of the much-loved institution.

To get Britain involved, NHS Charities have organised a nationwide tea party, NHS 7Tea which aims

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