DRINK SPIKING - INDUSTRY GUIDANCE
17 November 2021
Everyone has a right to feel safe on a night out, and we as the sector prioritise their safety and welfare, doing everything we can to protect this right. Whilst such incidents are extremely rare, when drink spiking (or other vulnerability issues) occur, we take every case extremely seriously. We work hard to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment so that all our customers can enjoy a fun night out.
Many venues within the wider hospitality sector have door staff, established search procedures, staff training to identify problems before they occur and training on how to offer support. Venues also have CCTV, and many of them will have metal detectors and other safeguarding measures in place. Of course, the Licensing Act also allows these to be made legal conditions where appropriate and are in place in many areas (some operators will do so voluntarily as a matter of course).
Our industry takes the safety of our customers extremely seriously and has been enhancing this in recent months. Vulnerability and wider customer safety (including reports of drink spiking) has always been a focus of the sector.
The following factsheet is intended to bring together in one place the resources developed and made available by a wide range of organisations, to bolster the work already ongoing and ensure our venues remain the safest places to enjoy a night out.
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