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Taxi drivers to be trained to spot people at risk

 
Created on 09/10/2017 @ 09:53
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Welshpool taxi drivers are to be offered a course to spot people at risk, including child sexual exploitation.

Powys County Council has said it will be offering taxi drivers in the area 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 next month.

In a joint initiative between Powys County Council’s Licensing and Safeguarding teams and Dyfed Powys Police, drivers will learn how to spot the signs, 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 on the following days:

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

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

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 licensingbandr@powys.gov.uk or telephone 01597 827389.

 

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