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Taxi drivers to be trained to spot people at risk

Created on 06/10/2017 @ 13:54
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Taxi drivers in Newtown are to be offered training to protect vulnerable people, including children at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Powys County Council has said it will be offering taxi drivers in Newtown a training opportunity to identify and protect vulnerable people they might be transporting.

It is part of a county wide initiative taking place in November as part of  Wales Safeguarding Week.

In a joint initiative between Powys County Council’s Licensing and Safeguarding teams and Dyfed Powys Police, drivers will learn how to spot signs that vulnerable people may be at risk, know how to report their concerns and who to contact.
Government discussions are underway to introduce mandatory safeguarding training for all taxi drivers so people are being urged to book now and take advantage of the free course.
The training sessions, which will last about an hour, will take place at:

·         Monday, 27 November, 10:30am – Newtown Fire Station, Newtown

·         Tuesday, 7 November 7, 10:30am – Neuadd Maldwyn, Welshpool

Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Licensing, said: “This training helps taxi drivers recognise potential issues as they are the eyes and ears of the community and should they have any concerns they will know which authorities to contact.

“These sessions are also free of charge and the likelihood is, if they become mandatory, there will be a charge for training so we would encourage them to take advantage of this offer and book now.”

Spaces for the training session are limited so taxi drivers are being urged to book their place on their preferred day as soon as possible.

To book your place on a training session or for further information email or telephone 01597 827389. 

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