The City of London Police, Metropolitan Police and City of London Corporation have joined together with Safer Sounds, part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues across the city to help keep people safe while enjoying a night out.
The safety initiative ‘Ask for Angela’ is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across the whole of London including the City. People who feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for ‘Angela’. This code-phrase will indicate to staff that they require help with their situation and a trained member of staff will then look to support and assist them. This might be through reuniting them with a friend, seeing them to a taxi, or by calling venue security and/or the police.
Venues that support ‘Ask for Angela’ have been given Welfare And Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) training. Delivered by Safer Sounds, it gives staff the ability to help customers who may be in a situation that makes them vulnerable or unsafe.
Organisations can receive WAVE training through the Safer Sounds Partnership or via their local licensing team. The training explores what vulnerability is, how to identify it and appropriate interventions. A range of online assets and webinars are available.