The evaluation of Safe and Well visits as part of the prevention activities of fire and rescue services in England

Lakoma, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-2583-3813 and Murphy, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-8459-4448, 2023. The evaluation of Safe and Well visits as part of the prevention activities of fire and rescue services in England. International Journal of Emergency Services, 12 (3), pp. 271-282. ISSN 2047-0894

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Purpose: Safe and Well Visits are the primary preventative vehicle now used by all Fire and Rescue Services in England. The purpose of this paper is to examine their recent development to identify notable practice and potential improvements.

Design/methodology/approach: A literature review and archival document analysis have been supplemented by data and information from the evaluation of a case study at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Findings: There is considerable scope to improve Safe and Well Visits, although individual services and the sector are not yet able to implement effective benchmarking across services or commission a more appropriate evaluation methodology such as a Social Return on Investment.

Originality: Although a small number of professional reviews have been undertaken, we are not aware of any academic evaluation of Safe and Well Visits since they superseded the previous Home Fire Safety Checks.

Research limitations/implications: The research is situationally bound to England, although there may be transferable lessons to other services and jurisdictions.

Practical implications: Potential future improvements are identified and recommended at local and national levels, both in the data and information available, and for policy, operationalisation, and public assurance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Emergency Services
Creators: Lakoma, K. and Murphy, P.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 23 November 2023
Volume: 12
Number: 3
ISSN: 2047-0894
Rights: Copyright © 2023, Emerald Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 01 Mar 2023 09:11
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2023 08:36

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