Workers at pubs, bars and clubs in Milton Keynes are set to receive free training to spot and tackle inappropriate behaviour that people could be subjected to on a night out.
The online training is completely free to venues for a year and is being provided by behaviour change experts Aneemo.
Security Industry Authority (SIA) Chair Heather Baily was at the launch of SaferMK Safer Streets free e-learning, ‘Active Bystander’, which has been designed to help Milton Keynes security staff spot inappropriate or predatory behaviours.
It features real scenarios that people working behind bars, on doors and in other night time economy roles are regularly faced with such as unwanted sexual contact, and will to develop intervention skills on how workers can help people.
The training is being delivered as part of a Safer Streets programme. Last year, MK City Council and Thames Valley Police secured almost £750,000 of Home Office funding towards the multi-agency programme which is already being used for upgrades along popular pedestrian routes, including better lighting and reflective paint in underpasses.
Additional CCTV cameras have also been installed, with increased police presence at the weekends in Central Milton Keynes.
Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, said: “This is a really important step to ensure staff are equipped with the skills they need to support people, in particular women and girls on a night out.
“The training will give staff the confidence to step in and diffuse situations where women and girls are being subjected to inappropriate and derogatory behaviour.
“I would strongly encourage all organisations operating in the night-time economy to get involved.”
SIA stated that Milton Keynes security staff should use the QR code below to benefit from the online training:
Venues interested in enrolling in the training should contact email@example.com.