View from Alarm

As 2017 drew to a close, we took some time to reflect on some of the issues we faced, and the successes we enjoyed. There were many sizeable challenges placed on the public sector throughout the course of the year, many of which have greatly affected our Members.

Amongst these, the fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London are foremost in our minds. There has certainly been a lot going on - what with the Trump inauguration, a General Election, the triggering of Article 50 and some of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the Atlantic Basin.

Closer to home we have seen changes to the discount rate, vicarious liability extended to include local authority foster carers, changes to limitation in Scotland and the commencement of reforms to whiplash claims.

We have also had a busy year, with a successful Conference in Manchester in June; the delivery of a variety of events across all religions and sectors; and numerous issues of our journal, Public RM, which continues to represent Members' views and features submissions to Government consultations. The year we also saw the relaunch of our Risk Management Toolkit (now included in membership); delivery of our Back to basics risk management course and success in the form of a national award for our publication: Children's services: Alarm guide to managing risks.

2018 will no doubt bring further challenges, so as we brace ourselves for GDPR and Brexit developments, we also look to the positive. The Alarm Conference will be returning to Manchester on 24 to 26 June. Our speakers will be delivering presentations under the theme Stronger and Louder, which we hope will help empower risk professionals as they strive to tackle the many challenges that await them. The Conference offers fantastic opportunities to engage and network with fellow risk professionals, and will also feature our annual Awards dinner. 

Jane O'Leary
Alarm Chair