PLAN for your personal safety. Avoidance is the key, therefore it makes sense to plan ahead. Here are the key strategies for staying safe when tutoring:
Act to avoid risk
As a lone worker, you need to prepare to avoid potential incidents. Simply considering the potential risks and ways to reduce them can really make a difference. Think in advance about the 'what if's?'. The more prepared you are, the more positive your reaction to any risks will be. Here are our tips for personal safety when working on your own:
- Always let someone know where you are going. Provide a name and address of the student you are going to visit.
- If you have any reservations about visiting a student, don’t go. This may be because of how you perceived the student or parent over the phone or because of the area that you will be travelling to.
- Always carry a mobile phone with you. Let someone know when you have arrived at your destination and how long you intend on being in the property. Likewise, let someone know when you have left your destination.
- If possible, try to tutor in daylight. Understandably, this is not always possible during the winter months when high schools finish in the evening.
- If possible, travel to your student’s home by car. This is a far safer option than taking the bus or walking as you will be able to reach a safety point much quicker if necessary.
- Always plan your route to your student’s home. Make sure you have good directions to where your student lives, especially if you are not travelling by car.