Campaign to bring an end to sexual harrassment goes further.
Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local democracy reporter email@example.com
A campaign to put an end to sexual harassment in Newcastle's bars and clubs is about to be taken to "the next level".
Council bosses have revealed plans to give the Shout Up!
scheme "more teeth", with extra venues covered and stronger inspections.
Members of the Safe Newcastle Board heard on Thursday afternoon that there are also plans to expand the campaign to cover more outdoor events.
Shout Up! was launched in 2017 and offers bar staff training to spot and react to any harassment, with more than 60 venues already signed up.
But Joan Flood, Newcastle City Council's community safety lead, said that there needs to be stronger enforcement of the campaign's zero tolerance message.
She said: "We have had lots of bars and clubs who have done the Shout Up! training, but how is that monitored and enforced? "This is looking at moving it to the next level - can we give a bit more teeth to the campaign?" She added: "They [bars] have said to ourselves and the public that they are a part of this campaign, but there is anything to show that they are sticking to the values they signed up to?" Under new plans, bars and clubs will have to meet tougher criteria to earn verified Shout Up! venue status.
Verified venues must have all management and 80% of other staff trained to deal with sexual harassment, regularly promote the campaign on social media, and also create a log of all harassment incidents and how they were dealt with.
Safe Newcastle staff will be able to exert more "on the ground influence" and members of the public will be able to raise concerns about venues to the Shout Up! Team, which could result in them losing their verified status.
All bars and clubs currently part of the scheme will be given a lower 'supporter venue' ranking until they meet the stricter conditions.
Northumbria Police's city centre Chief Inspector Stephen Wykes said: "Shout Up! is a crucial element of our wider efforts to support the community within the night time economy. The principles of Shout Up! are what underpin our Capable Guardian agenda within the city. While the campaign and principles have been a true success I am keen to see it develop further, especially in respect of embedding the Shout-Up! principles within a best practice licensing scheme.
"The creation of policy and procedure which furthers this important agenda among operators in the city can only be a good thing."
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Aug 3, 2019|
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