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Fewer Assaults On SLC Staff


23/05/16


Figures released by South Lanarkshire Council revealed 164 incidents between January and March 31 this year.

That brought to the total figure throughout the year to 465, down from 495 in 2014/15.

By far the biggest group suffering attacks was teachers and education staff, accounting for 364 of all the incidents.

That is the equivalent of someone being a victim of an attack every day of the year. However, all the incidents were classed as “minor” with no long-term absences.


In the final three months of 2015/16, a total of 228 accidents and incidents were recorded by council staff. Of these, five led to absences of over seven days.

This was a slight increase on the same period last year when there were 223 accidents and incidents.

Despite the figures, teachers continued to take fewer days off on average than the rest of their council colleagues.

Absence rates among teachers sat at three per cent, below the council average of 4.1 per cent.

The highest rates of absence were among manual workers.


Kay McVeigh, head of personnel services at South Lanarkshire Council said: “The council have been actively working in this area, encouraging employees to report incidents to better inform how best we can improve. This has helped tailor our training and processes to try and reduce occurrences. These latest statistics are a step in the right direction.”