Home visits: risk assessments

Find examples of risk assessments from a school and local authorities to help you with writing your own assessment. Also, read guidance on how to reduce the risk of violence towards staff when out on visits.

Last reviewed on 23 April 2019
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  1. Example from a school
  2. Examples from local authorities
  3. Control measures to consider

Example from a school

St Peter’s School in Cambridgeshire has a home visits policy. On pages 6-7, this policy includes a risk assessment.

This assessment looks at hazards like:

  • Aggressive or violent parent, pupil or family member
  • Driving
  • Movement through public areas (such as to or from car parks)
  • Illness or injury/accident
  • Attack by dog or another animal

Download the policy from the list on the left side of this page.

Examples from local authorities

Hertfordshire County Council has a risk assessment for home visits and lone working.

Find it in the 'Recommended assessments' section here.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has a dedicated home visits risk assessment.

Download it here.

Control measures to consider

The NEU has published guidance on lone working which includes a checklist of measures to take to avoid violence on home visits.

Consider implementing some of this guidance in your own risk assessment.

Find that guidance here.