New safety initiative launched for licenced premises
Representitives from more than 20 pubs and clubs in Carmarthen have attended a new licensing safeguarding awareness initiative.
The event was organised by the licensing section of Carmarthenshire County Council as part of their increased commitment to promote safeguarding throughout a number of trade sectors.
It has been held in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police and the Security Industry Authority (SIA), to offer awareness to licensees, door supervisors and premises staff.
The session highlighted the different ways and reasons people can become vulnerable and provided information on how to report these incidents to the relevant authorities.
The sessions are already being delivered to taxi drivers in the county.
Topics covered included Child Sexual Exploitations, ‘County Lines’ – where gangs supplying drugs use children to carry drugs and money across the country, and Modern Slavery Human Traffic.
Those attending were also given information and encouraged to adopt a number of initiatives aimed at making their premises safer, including the Ask for Angela initiative - if you go to the bar and ask for ‘Angela’ the bar staff will know you need some help getting out of an unsafe situation and will help you out discreetly; Behave or Be Banned and the White Ribbon campaign. Posters and beer mats highlighting those initiatives were handed out.
Executive board member responsible for licensing, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “We’ve received some great feedback from those who attended our first session, and are now looking to build on this and roll it out to other towns in the county in the coming months.
“It’s important to work together with other partners such as Dyfed Powys Police to ensure licensees and those working in the licenced industry are aware of their responsibilities to those who visit their premises who may be vulnerable and are aware of how they can signpost them to support if needed.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jayne Butler said: “Safeguarding the vulnerable in our communities is a priority for Dyfed-Powys Police. We have police officers trained to recognise the risks but we all have a role to play. It is important that those working in the night-time economy are aware of the risks and how to report any concerns they may have. This was the first session held and, working with our partners, we are now looking at rolling it out throughout the force area.”
The sessions will now be held across the county, including in Llanelli and Ammanford.