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Town centre bar staff receive training to help vulnerable people

Training sesion
Training session
Published: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Staff from pubs, clubs and bars across Northampton have received training to help them identify and deal with vulnerable people on nights out.

Organised by Northampton Community Safety Partnership, the training helps bar staff to spot early signs of vulnerability and take appropriate action to ensure people enjoy their night out safely.

The training, given by licensing officers from Northamptonshire Police working at Northampton Borough council as part of the Community Safety Partnership, was delivered to 24 bar staff from across the town from 15 different pubs, clubs and bars.

The sessions, which were promoted through the Pubwatch scheme, included advice on what makes a person vulnerable, how to support them and duty of care, and is part of a forthcoming campaign, Nights Out Northampton, to be launched this summer by the Community Safety Partnership to ensure people can enjoy the town’s night-life safely.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Through our work with partner agencies in the Community Safety Partnership, we are committed to making Northampton as safe a place as possible for people to enjoy a night out in the town centre. Bar staff, and of course landlords, have a big part to play in helping to look after their customers and we hope this training will help to empower staff to spot the early signs of vulnerability.”

Sergeant Martin O’Connell, licensing sergeant for Northamptonshire Police who delivered the training, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many town centre businesses take up the training as it shows such strong commitment to working together to ensure people can enjoy a fun and safe night out in Northampton.”

Any businesses that would like to register their interest for future training sessions are asked to contact Sergeant Martin O’Connell on 101 extension 345164 or email [email protected]