Some 47 representatives of Barnsley’s night time economy (NTE) including door staff, pub and club staff and street pastors attended a workshop aimed at adding to their existing skills providing up-to-date information about current, public-safety issues.
The free event, organised by Barnsley Council and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) who are the industry regulator and license suitably-qualified door supervisors, covered topics including Child Sexual Exploitation, safeguarding, counter terrorism, physical intervention, the Ask Angela scheme, hate crime, and drug and alcohol abuse.
Briefing members of the NTE on the latest developments regarding these varied topics benefits individuals and businesses as well as the town as a whole.
Part of the workshop included participants filling in a card, where they pledged to make a difference to the people and visitors of Barnsley town centre. Pledges included training their staff on the Ask for Angela scheme; being more aware of vulnerable people and associated situations at work; and sharing the workshop learning with their own council.
Comments received included that the safeguarding training was very useful; that it had opened their eyes to hate crime; that they would appreciate the opportunity for more training and updates in the future.