Safety of Women at Night

BID Lead

Anti-sexual harassment training to improve the safety of women at night.

Project Type
Safety
Date
2022 - Present

ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING

Bristol City Centre BID were tasked by Bristol City Council to facilitate anti-sexual harassment training to improve the safety of women at night. This was funded by a grant from the Home Office that was set up following the death of Sarah Everard.

The anti-sexual harassment training was aimed at all those employed by the night-time economy such as venue bar and management staff, security, performers, and promotors.

18 trainers who work in or are involved with the night-time economy were selected to deliver the training. They first attended a “train the trainer” session, run by Joanne Cox-Brown from Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd who also developed the training program.

The Training Contents

  • Impact of sexual harassment on women
  • The law surrounding sexual harassment
  • Reporting sexual harassment
  • Bystander intervention
  • Acceptable and unacceptable behaviours
  • Managing vulnerability
  • Best practice management of sexual harassment.

There was an overarching aim to deliver training to 20 late night bars, 20 venues and hold 2 sessions for people who are “unconnected to premises”.

Following a 3-week busy period of holding 36 training sessions, we exceeded this goal and trained staff from 21 late night bars, 25 venues and held 2 online sessions specifically targeted at security staff and promotors.

Overall, a total of 106 different organisations including venues, pubs, bars, event management organisations and charities attended the training.

Plans are underway to ensure this training is ongoing to align with the wider goal to improve the safety of Bristol and to support businesses in ensuing that Bristol continues to be a safe place for anyone to visit at day or night.