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12 July 2016
 July 12, 2016
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Skyguard’s Travel Safe Checklist

If you’ve planned a trip abroad, it’s important that you are aware of how to keep yourself and your belongings safe. Although for the most part foreign travel is perfectly safe, taking precaution when in unfamiliar territory is wise.

Below is Skyguard’s checklist to help you plan for a safe trip abroad.

Preparation is key – Research your destination before you travel, including the Foreign Office’s travel advice website. Take note of local customs and dress and ensure you follow the rules – there may be serious penalties for breaking the law.

Vaccinations – Numerous worldwide destinations require you to be vaccinated so make sure you are adequately immunised before setting off. It’s also vital to insure both yourself and your possessions prior to your trip, carrying with you any supporting documentation.

Do you need a visa? – Some countries also require you to obtain a visa before you enter. Ensure you apply for these well in advance of your planned departure. They can often take several weeks to arrive and you’re likely to be refused entry without

30 June 2016
 June 30, 2016
BSIA

Skyguard Re-Elected as Committee Members of BSIA Lone Worker Section

Send For Help Group – the world’s largest lone worker protection provider, has been re-elected its two committee memberships of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Lone Workers Section; one for each of its subsidiary companies. Will Murray, Marketing Director, has been re-elected as representative for Guardian24, and Ben Hawkins, Incident Management Centre Manager, has been re-elected to represent Skyguard.

The BSIA’s constitution dictates that committee member elections are held on an annual basis via secret ballot to all of the Section’s members. A maximum of eight places are available on the influential committee; seven of which have been occupied in the recent election.

The committee’s role is to set the Lone Workers Section strategy and vote on key decisions, on behalf of the wider Section membership. Committee members can also play an important role in the development and revision of industry standards, as part of the British Standards Institution (BSI) review panels. This is the case with the Send for Help Group’s two committee members, who sit on the BSI panel

29 June 2016
 June 29, 2016
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Housing staff feel ‘less safe’ at work compared to last year

According to research undertaken by Inside Housing magazine in June 2016, one in four social housing workers feel less safe doing their job this year, compared to last year. Focusing on 41 housing associations and 198 Councils across the UK, the survey revealed that 20% of respondents do not believe that their employer does enough to protect them.

Frontline housing workers expressed their concern at the idea of landlords making savings by cutting staff numbers. 35% of respondents said that reducing staff numbers made it increasingly likely that they would work alone.

As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), housing staff often face difficult or hostile situations, including having to deliver bad news to tenants such as evictions, working late at night, and exposure to potentially violent or aggressive members of the public, such as drug users. Working alone increases the vulnerability of employees performing these tasks.

Alarmingly, the Inside Housing results also revealed that as many as 10 Councils simply do not report or record assaults against housing staff, claiming there is often

21 June 2016
 June 21, 2016
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Skyguard Introduce SmartButton for Windows Mobile

Skyguard are thrilled to be showcasing our brand new SmartButton for Windows Mobile at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, from 21st to 23rd June at the Excel arena, London.

Utilising Bluetooth technology, the small wearable device works alongside Skyguard’s Smartphone application, enabling users to raise an alarm at the touch of a button. The application connects to Skyguard’s 24/7 dedicated Incident Management Centre, where Controllers can communicate with and reassure the user via the phone’s two-way audio.

At just 1.3 inches in diameter, the SmartButton can be worn flexibly to suit your individual needs, including on a wristband, pendant, versatile clip or attached to a keychain.

Will Murray, Marketing Director for Skyguard said: “We are really excited to be launching the SmartButton for Windows Mobile at the show. It’s at the cutting edge of BS 8484 certified lone worker protection and offers an unrivalled level of personal safety. It’s simple

25 May 2016
 May 25, 2016
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Ashleigh Ewing Ten Years On: Has Lone Working Changed?

Ten years ago, mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing was brutally killed whilst out working alone on behalf of her employer, Mental Health Matters (MHM). Ashleigh was stabbed 39 times by Ronald Dixon when she made a routine visit to his home in Heaton, Newcastle. Dixon, who had a long history of disturbing mental health problems, was locked-up in a secure hospital after admitting manslaughter.

In May 2013, a report by an independent panel concluded that a “more robust approach” to Dixon’s care, particularly from April 11, 2006, to the days leading up to Ashleigh’s death, would have resulted in a review as to how appropriate lone visits to Dixon’s home were.

22 year old graduate Ashleigh lost her life after being sent alone to Dixon’s home with a debtor’s letter ordering him to pay for a phone which he had smashed inside the property days earlier, to take the coins from inside.

Was it appropriate to send a young

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