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8 November 2011
 November 8, 2011
NHS Assault and Attacks

Agreement Signed to Curb Violent Behaviour in the NHS

NHS Protect has signed a three-way agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to curb violence and anti-social behaviour in the NHS. The Joint Working Agreement will promote and support local arrangements and seek to implement best practice.

Tackling violence and antisocial behaviour in the NHS will help the three organisations to develop closer working relationships and solutions at a local level, to target local issues. It will also enhance communication between them.

NHS Protect, ACPO and CPS agree that there is strong public interest in prosecuting those who assault NHS staff or commit offences that disrupt NHS services. NHS staff should not have to face violence and abuse at work. All parties will encourage individual police services, CPS areas and NHS bodies to seek the strongest possible action against offenders.

Richard Hampton, Head of Local Support and Development Services at NHS Protect, said today: “This welcome agreement ensures that the commitment made at the top of our three organisations is put into practice locally, so that we act together

3 November 2011
 November 3, 2011
Domestic Violence

One million Britons Experienced Workplace Violence in the Last Two Years

ONE million Britons experienced workplace violence in the last two years, according to new research carried out by Plymouth and Cardiff Universities.

The report; “Insight into ill-treatment in the workplace: patterns, causes and solutions”, is based on data from the British Workplace Behaviour Survey, gathered in 2008 from interviews by the market research company TNS Global.

Plymouth Business School and Cardiff’s School of Social Sciences analysed the results of face-to-face interviews with nearly 4,000 employees, representative of the British workforce.

They found 4.9 per cent had suffered violence in the workplace – the equivalent of more than one million workers – with 3.8 per cent injured. 22.3% of those interviewed said they were treated in a disrespectful or rude way.

The study shows that violence is a more regular feature of working life than previously thought. Assault was a daily experience for 13 per cent of those who reported violence. Most of the attackers came from outside the workplace, with 72 per cent of assailants being customers, clients or members of the public. Workers

8 September 2011
 September 8, 2011
BBC Visits Lone Worker ARC

Skyguard Features on BBC National News

Skyguard were privileged to be featured on the BBC 6 o’clock national news on Wednesday 7th September 2011 as part of a counter terror item from distinguished BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner OBE.

The BBC’s flagship news programme, typically broadcast to over 4 million viewers, briefly showcased our Incident Management Centre, The MySOS – the UK’s smallest personal safety device and how our service worked in the event of a kidnapping or assault.

Frank and his BBC crew were warmly welcomed by all and took a genuine interest in how Skyguard can aid those who find themselves in trouble. Frank and his team were particularly impressed at how our controllers track the device via GPS whilst keeping the Police informed at all times.

Referring to a kidnap situation, Frank Gardner summed up part of Skyguard’s service simply but effectively. “The alarm gets raised, the client gets tracked and the police are alerted.”

BBC’s Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, watches a demonstration of Skyguard’s service in action.

Skyguard’s Marketing Director, Will Murray and BBC Journalist

7 September 2011
 September 7, 2011
Shortlist App of the Week

Skyguard Mobile GPS Awarded Best Business App of the Week

Skyguard’s Mobile GPS application has been awarded Best Business App of the Week by Shortlist magazine.

The downloadable application transforms mobile phones or PDAs into a fully functional personal safety device, connecting into Skyguard’s Incident Management Centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Describing the Skyguard mobile application, Shortlist’s article states “The (Mobile GPS application) is essentially a huge red panic button. Not as good as a burly bodyguard but definitely a close second.”

Shortlist is an influential weekly magazine which is designed for 18-35 year old men. It contains a mix of clever editorial features which cover a broad range of topics such as the latest news, sport, films, male grooming, new popular gadgets and fitness regimes. Shortlist is read by over half a million people a week.

We are delighted to have been chosen as Business Application of the Week from the thousands of applications available in the marketplace today. Still, it only confirms what we already knew… our service is well worth

16 August 2011
 August 16, 2011
Skyguard International

First-ever personal emergency service for British travellers launched

Skyguard International creates instant back-up across 36 countries

From today, Skyguard launches the first-ever personal emergency service for British travellers and lone workers abroad.

Skyguard International gives travellers the power to summon help at the press of a button if they find themselves in trouble overseas. Initially the service is live across 34 European countries, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

The launch comes hot on the heels of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s British Behaviour Abroad report, which revealed 19,228 Brits have needed assistance overseas during the past 12 months, with Spain producing the most incidents.

Travellers can activate the emergency Skyguard International service using the MySOS personal safety device. The MySOS is the smallest GPS alarm of its kind in the UK, and can be discreetly attached to keys, a belt or worn on a lanyard. Skyguard

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