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.
Milton Keynes City Council, the OPCC and Safer MK partners have commissioned the training on how to be an ‘active bystander’, which will give workers the skills and confidence to challenge and take action when they spot unacceptable predatory and derogatory behaviour.
The online training is completely free to venues for a year and is being provided by behaviour change experts Aneemo.
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.
Venues interested in enrolling in the training should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.