When entering another person’s home in a professional capacity, your personal safety must always be your top priority.
Nurses, social workers, housing officers, delivery drivers, carers and maintenance staff are just a few of the roles where home visits are commonplace. However, despite being part and parcel of many people’s everyday jobs, this can potentially expose employees to risk.
Quite simply when you are in somebody else’s home this puts them in a position of control. This perception can alter the way you behave and put you on the back foot to start with. In certain circumstances you may be more likely to agree with somebody else or behave in a submissive way. In an unfamiliar environment you might not be aware of the dangers or even how to get away in a hurry if you need to.
The nature of some roles may also have a higher probable risk associated, for example a nurse that visits mental health patients in the community or a housing officer that deals with tenant disagreements. Many of these jobs involve lone working which can make it harder to get help. A worker by themselves is also an easier target for someone wishing to cause harm.