Crisis, Concern and Complacency

The Irish Association of Social Care Workers over the last number of years have received increasingly concerning reports from members of serious incidents of violence at work as well as perceptions that the prevalence of violence is escalating.

Workplace violence is recognised as having significant detrimental impacts on the social care worker, both personally and professionally, on the organisation and the profession as a whole.

Key findings from this research include;

  • 90% of social care workers had experienced workplace violence
  • 3 out of 4 social care workers had experienced physical assault
  • 18% reported physical assault was a weekly or daily occurance in their workplace
  • Over 60% of respondents stated that their employer sees violence as an acceptable part of their job

Workplace violence and stress have serious consequences for the social care worker in terms of physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.
Workplace violence is a serious and significant issue impacting the profession.

Crisis, Concern and Complacency

Social Care Ireland launched this study on the extent, impact and management of workplace violence experienced by social care workers in September 2016.


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