25th May, 2017

Taxi drivers protecting passengers in Warwick district

Leamington Editorial 25th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TAXI drivers in Warwick district are playing their part in safeguarding passengers.

Warwick District Council licensed hackney carriage and private hire drivers have been attending a course on safeguarding vulnerable persons and prevention of child sexual exploitation

More than 300 drivers – over 60 per cent of all licensed drivers in the district – attended the voluntary sessions run by Barnardos Child Sexual Exploitation Service on behalf of the council.

But the success of the sessions has prompted the Drivers and Operators Forum – made up of representatives of licenced drivers, private hire operators, police, the Unite union and council licensing officers – to agree action should be taken to make the course mandatory for all current licensed drivers and new applicants.

During the sessions the drivers learned how to spot the signs someone could be at risk and how to go about reporting any concerns.

Feedback from the drivers was positive, describing the sessions as “helpful, valuable and relevant” to their job.

Coun Moira-Ann Grainger, district community protection spokeswoman, said: “We are really pleased with the exceptional take up of the courses by the drivers of Warwick district.

“It shows the drivers recognise the importance of preventing this and the role that they can play in ensuring vulnerable people are protected.”

Visit www.warwickshirecse.co.uk for further details.