Violence prevention and reduction standard

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We have published the new national violence prevention and reduction standard, which complements existing health and safety legislation. Employers (including NHS employers) have a general duty of care to protect staff from threats and violence at work.

The standard has been developed in partnership with the Social Partnership Forum and its subgroups, including trade unions and the Workforce Issues and Violence Reduction Groups. It was endorsed by the Social Partnership Forum on 15 December 2020.

In addition to this Standard, we have also published accompanying guidance notes. The guidance notes will further support trusts in working through the Standard’s aims and requirements.


The standard delivers a risk-based framework that supports a safe and secure working environment for NHS staff, safeguarding them against abuse, aggression and violence.