taxi drivers given training to safeguard vulnerable pasengers
and private hire drivers across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been
given compulsory training in safeguarding vulnerable adults and
District Council has made safeguarding training compulsory for all
new drivers licensed by the authority, and existing drivers have
also received the training.
of the taxis can be assured that their driver understands the importance
of safeguarding and how to deal with vulnerable passengers or situations
that may arise including child sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
"The training has taken the form of free workshops organised
by the Council and will help raise awareness of safeguarding in
order to protect both drivers and passengers," said council
spokeswoman Claire Faun.
two and a half hour workshops were designed and developed to give
all drivers an overview of how safeguarding can involve the taxi
trade; what child sexual exploitation is; what Human Trafficking
is; an insight into the trends used by the perpetrators and to give
drivers the knowledge and confidence to report concerns."
"We want to make sure that Sedgemoor taxi drivers are aware
of these issues, and that they are confident about reporting anything
inquiries into recent high profile cases have identified that taxi
and private hire vehicles were used by the perpetrators of the crimes
to transport their victims.