When am I most at risk?

You are most at risk when you:

  • handle money;
  • provide care to people who are ill, on medication, in a panic, or afraid of what might happen to them, especially in the NHS and emergency services;
  • deal with people who have a great deal of anger or feelings of failure;
  • face friends and family of patients, clients or students who are anxious, angry, afraid, or who feel they can't cope with a large 'bureaucracy' such as a hospital or school from which they are seeking help;
  • enforce rules or regulations, e.g. benefit officers, council inspectors etc.;
  • provide an essential service or benefit, or have the power to withdraw it;
  • deal with people who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs; and
  • are in situations where you represent authority.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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