Course Description

The Role of the Contact Person in the Dignity at Work Process

A new Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work written by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been in place since December 2020 (S.I. 674 of 2020, Industrial Relations Act 1990).

The role of the Contact Person, Support Contact Person or the Designated Contact Person is an integral part of the Dignity at Work process.   The function of the Contact Person is to listen, be supportive and outline the options open to an employee who believes they may be experiencing bullying behaviour by somebody they are coming in contact with in their workplace or through their work. The Contact Person acts as a first point of contact, somebody to speak with in confidence about what might be happening with a view to considering what the next actions might be.  The Contact Person will explain the definitions of bullying behaviour and the various elements of the procedure and will assist the employee in making an informed choice about what action, if any the employee may wish to take.

The aim of this workshop is to consider this specific role and help build the confidence of those who have volunteered to undertake it on behalf of their organisation.

In accordance with the code of practice the Contact Person does not act as an advocate or representative for the employee and may not approach the alleged perpetrator on his or her behalf.

They will have no role in the investigation of any complaints and should not be tasked with any further involvement in the details or right and wrongs of a complaint.  Understanding the boundaries of the role is an essential part of this role – resolution of the issue is not the role of the Contact Person.

Delivery, Venue and Dates

The Role of the Contact Person in the Dignity At Work Process is a one day in-person workshop which will be delivered at the IPA in Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 TC62.

The delivery method will be practical application of the theory with interactive sessions throughout.  The workshop will run from 9:30 – 16:30 on scheduled dates with the afternoon session focussing on practice to ensure that the Contact Person is ready should a staff member look to speak to them.

The maximum number participating will be 12 to ensure that everybody has time to practice skills.

Dates include:

  • 6 June 2023
  • 18 October 2023
Training ProviderInstitute of Public Administration
Course LocationBallsbridge, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 4
Course CategoryBullying & Harassment, Health & Safety
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course Start Date6th June 2023
Course End Date6th June 2023
Course DurationOne Day
Course Time09:30 – 16:30
Course Fee400.00
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Institute of Public Administration

57-61 Lansdowne Road,, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D04 TC62

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