Safeguarding Awareness Course Will Become Mandatory For Mid Devon Taxi Drivers

Safeguarding Awareness Course Will Become Mandatory For Mid Devon Taxi Drivers

By Sofy Robertson

Mid Devon District Council continues to support taxi drivers with its safeguarding awareness course which will become mandatory later this year.

Since its launch in 2017, 90% of Mid Devon taxi drivers have now undertaken the safeguarding awareness sessions, organised by the Council’s licensing and community safety team.

From 28th June this year, completion of the course will be mandatory for all existing licence holders. New drivers will be required to complete the training within the first twelve months of the job.

The course, funded by the Community Safety Partnership, is run by Karen Anderson, a former Devon and Cornwall Police officer with the public protection department. The course has been well-received by Mid Devon taxi drivers since its introduction in 2017 and now makes up a mandatory condition of becoming a licenced taxi driver in Mid Devon.

Tom Keating, Mid Devon District Council’s specialist lead for licensing, explained:

“We have a duty to ensure both our licensed drivers and their customers are protected as much as possible. Unwittingly these drivers may become aware of a serious safeguarding issue through their line of work and we want them to be alert to this and ensure they know what to when they do have a concern.   Our drivers have been very receptive to the training so far and we are grateful to them for showing this commitment.” (Mid Devon District Council)

Cllr Derek Coren, Chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee at Mid Devon District Council, said:

“Through their work, taxi drivers are very much a part of the community. This training is about providing drivers with the information they may need to identify and report safeguarding concerns. The message is simple, if you see something, say something. We believe that by doing this, drivers can play an important role in the safeguarding process”.

The content of the course includes:

  • Awareness of the different forms of exploitation including human trafficking, child sexual exploitation and modern slavery
  • Understanding what safeguarding is and your responsibilities
  • Recognising signs of exploitation and abuse
  • Knowing who to contact if you suspect a safeguarding issue

Further information can be found on Mid Devon District Council’s website.

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