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03/09/2014 at 15:16
Hi all. I'm wondering if anyone has been in a similar experience or can advise me at all?
I'm nearly 15 weeks pregnant and work for a local authority. I key work hard to reach young people in the community. Part of my role includes unannounced home visits, more often then not, in the most grotty of places which are quite unsafe. Volatile people, drug use, big dogs etc. The homes I visit have not been visited before and we do not know who is going to be behind the door. We always do these in pairs. Often two females.
So, I've asked that a risk assessment is done on my behalf to monitor what risk there may be not only for me, but for my baby. I have never felt vulnerable doing this work until now, but I am more than aware than I'm not just responsible for me.
My manager was quick to say that I won't be able to not go as this is still part of my job. I just don't feel as comfortable doing it anymore. She told me to stand by the car and send my colleague to the door, so I can get in the car quickly should anything unexpected happen. This still doesn't quite sit right as my colleague would then be approaching the door alone.
Do you think I'm overreacting, or is there somewhere else I can speak to for advice? I asked if social care have a policy for pregnant women doing home visits, knowing they would also be around volatile situations. She said that we would just have to tailor make it for me.
03/09/2014 at 16:27
You are definitely not over-reacting in my opinion. They should risk assess your role and make reasonable adjustments to ensure your safety, that may be giving you an alternative role when pregnant, or having you do to visits in three's etc. Do you have a HR department you can talk to or union? If not maybe try the CAB?
03/09/2014 at 19:26
03/09/2014 at 21:29
Everyone who's pregnant should have a risk assessment regardless of role to ensure safety and health and wellbeing of all mother baby and colleagues. Is there any possible of changing your role for a more desk based one whilst pregnant? Also it should not be a single risk assessment you should have regular meetings to discuss any change or additional needs you have as you progress through your pregnancy
04/09/2014 at 08:23
My job is different as i do home visits but mainly school work. Since being pregnant wk advised me not to do any home visits as part of the risk assessment. Families meet me in a room at the office if needed. Not much help but wanted you to know you're not overreacting.
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