3.1 Clarification of responsibilities

This measure includes clarification of responsibilities for different agencies and organisations which work together.
  • Redefine some roles among your staff and allocate time for inter-agency meetings and work activities.
  • Make political lobby. Political acceptance (and guidelines) of suicide being a growing public problem and not a railway problem will help focus agencies, organisations and operators in making joint efforts to challenge the problem.
  • Propose / organize national inter-agency meetings.
  • This might depend on the degree of openness and willingness to change in different cultures, or different legal constraints in different countries (e.g. relating to how information is shared; whether power is important to some organisations or agencies; whether there are specific legal requirements that could limit collaboration).
  • There may be the potential for better collaboration as the organisations and agencies become familiar with models of joint working. However, any initial benefits from better joint working might lapse if individuals who have been important in promoting the collaborative working move to different jobs, or if initial funding sources cannot be maintained (e.g. financial cutbacks).
  • Costs are largely time related, potentially including need for some release from other work activities. Might also include costs of travel for meetings.
  • The measure is likely to need support and contributions from senior members of relevant organisations.
  • The German Railway Suicide Prevention Project let to a significant fall in rail suicides compared with the general reduction in Germany. The absolute number of railway suicides decreased from 1006 in 1998 to 724 in 2006. The mean suicide rate in the control years was 13.9% (95% CI 6.9 to 20.4) lower compared to the index years (p<0.001). Adjusting for the overall suicide rate attenuated the decline of the railway suicide rate (annual percentage change 4.8%, 95% CI 1.8 to 7.8) but significance remained (p=0.002). (Baumert et al., 2011).
  • Local community partnerships can provide an effective and relatively low cost means of deterring trespass (RSSB  , 2005).
  • Examples and positive results of partnership working can be found in the annual report “Improving suicide prevention methods and on the rail network in Great Britain” (RSSB  , 2013).

last update: 2014-09-15 Print