Under the Licensing Act 2003 children and young people will normally have access to licensed premises unless there is a clear need for them not to. The protection of children from harm is one of the four licensing objectives that underpin the Licensing Act. Durham LSCB is the ‘Responsible Authority’ for safeguarding children and we are committed to working in partnership with statutory services, businesses and organisations to ensure that licensees take the right steps to safeguard children and young people.
What can licensees do to safeguard Children and Young People?
- Ensure age verification policy is operated such as Challenge 25 and maintain a refusal register
- Minimise the risk of proxy sales to ensure that alcohol is not purchased or obtained for young people by relatives or older friends (proxy provision)
- Train all staff to be aware of safeguarding issues including age verification and proxy sales
- Join your local Pub Watch
- Gain accreditation to the awards scheme ‘Best Bar None’ that promotes responsible management of alcohol-licensed premises
- Display signage about the laws relating to children and alcohol
- Do take action if you notice a child or young person in a vulnerable situation