Delivering safe spaces and safe workplaces – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

December 12th, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall, supported by Safer Futures, promoted the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, by delivering a local workplace focused initiative; encouraging employers and local businesses to provide a safe space in the community for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, in addition to creating a supportive and safe work place for staff.

The initiative was launched on 25th November in Truro Cathedral by Kate Kennally, Jim Pearce (CIOS Police Commander and Safer Cornwall Chair) and Lyn Gooding (CEO, First Light).

Safer Cornwall hosted walkabouts across all of the 10 Safer Towns and asked businesses to pledge their support, by advertising themselves as safe spaces to the public; using posters and merchandise with contact information for Safer Futures and also downloading our new Cornwall Council model DASV Employment Policy Template to provide information, safety and support to their staff.

Overall, the campaign engaged with 188 businesses during the Safer town walkabouts who all signed the pledge to protect customers and staff by providing a Safe Space. Of these businesses 123 have requested further training to develop their skills and knowledge of domestic abuse. The campaign was featured on Heart FM and Liskeard Radio and has had substantial public engagement through the team’s social media coverage which has reached over 41,000 people and the campaign videos have had over 11,000 views.

The campaign has had great support across all partnership agencies and the wider public, and will serve as a great foundation for all future campaigns, including Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 3rd February 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020; watch this space.

 

 

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Newquay Safe issues reminder to parents

July 7th, 2019 by

Newquay Safe is informing parents of young people celebrating the end of their exams that pubs and campsites are not running any under-18s nights in July.

The partnership made up of Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies has been leading on Operation Exodus which is designed to manage the influx of school leavers arriving in Newquay during the first two weeks of July.

This will be the first year that under-18s events are not running and Newquay Safe says it is because fewer young people are having nights out in the town which now has a quieter evening and night-time economy.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We recognise that post-GCSE students used to be attracted to the town, so our position has been that we have had to responsibly manage them and ensure their safeguarding is treated as a priority.

“Now however, the partnership and businesses within the town’s night-time economy have recognised this change in customer dynamics and have re-focused their operating practices towards people who are over 18.

“Over the past 10 years Newquay has evolved to be a more family-orientated resort with a reduced emphasis on the night-time economy. This positive evolution has resulted in reduced numbers of young people visiting the town, for example after their GCSE exams.”

Newquay Safe is reminding parents and carers of children planning to visit the town to know where their children are staying and give contact details to accommodation providers in case of emergencies.

The partnership reiterates that underage drinking will not be tolerated.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection for Cornwall Council, said: “The partners of Newquay Safe have been working to address concerns to do with young people visiting Newquay following the exam period.

“We encourage accommodation providers to be mindful of their safeguarding responsibilities and support the partnership with raising any concerns.

“Newquay is a family town with outdoor activities, wonderful beaches and green open spaces for all to enjoy.”

Since 2009 the award-winning Newquay Safe Partnership has been helping residents and visitors to the town enjoy the best that Newquay has to offer, by tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

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