Personal safety for elected members

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Local Government Information Unit
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
26 July 2016
Community Development and Regeneration, Offenders
Social welfare
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Our personal safety is something many of us take for granted, and it is only when a major incident occurs that we stop and think about our own vulnerability. The recent murder of MP Jo Cox will have caused even the most confident amongst us to take a step back to reflect on the way that we manage any risks associated with our role.

This guide provides a comprehensive list of procedures for councillors to consider when protecting their personal safety. It includes a checklist for certain situations such as: visiting people in their homes, use of interview rooms, travelling, and provides advice on how to change your daily routine.