Safe Places Derby
A network of shops, bars, offices and public buildings in the city centre which are designated as ‘Safe Places’ for women and girls to seek help and support if they are concerned about their safety has been announced.
The initiative is part of the Safe Derby awareness campaign which aims to rally communities across the city to tackle, challenge and prevent violence against women and girls in public places.
It follows an original pilot scheme launched last year which highlighted neighbourhood libraries and other public buildings as Safe Places for young people and vulnerable adults to seek help and support.
Derby-based specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound, in partnership with Derby City Council, has organised a network of venues which will display a sticker highlighting that they are a safe place for women and girls to ask for help if they feel unsafe.
Staff within the venues will ensure the individual can contact someone if they wish to get home safely or just give them time to collect their thoughts. If the matter is more serious or a crime has been committed, they will be encouraged to contact the police.
Venues confirmed include:
London Road, Derby, DE1 2PL
The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS
7 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3FJ
1 St Peters St, Derby, DE1 2AE
27 East Street, Derby, DE1 2AL
15, Theatre Walk, Derby, DE1 2NF
34 Full St, Derby, DE1 3AF
5 Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3FJ
10/11 St Mary’s Gate, Derby, DE1 3JR
Sacred Bean Café
1 Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AW
The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill
Silk Mill Lane, Derby, DE1 3AF
Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS
34 Full St, Derby, DE1 3AF
42/44 St Peters St, Derby, DE1 1SH
Nadia Jane Performing Arts School
61 Green Lane, Derby, DE1 1RS
Community Action Derby
Shot Tower, 1 Morledge Derby, DE1 2AW
41 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1DA
In partnership with Derby City Council, Safe and Sound are looking to identify businesses and venues within Derby that can become a ‘Safe Place’ for women children and young people.
What is it?
An awareness campaign has been launched to rally communities across the city to prevent, tackle and challenge violence against women and girls in public places.
The Safe Derby campaign is backed by the Home Office’s Safer Streets funding stream – secured through The Office of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner. It is jointly led by Derby City Council and other key VCSE partners – including local specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound.
The overarching objective of the campaign is to signal Derby’s zero tolerance to and a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.
What does it mean for you?
If approached by a women, child or young person, it could require you to either contact the child or young person’s parent/carer or someone they know and let them stay in your venue until the person you have contacted arrives or for them just to have five minutes to feel safe and make their own call/ have time away from where they felt unsafe.
If the matter is more serious, then we would encourage that you would contact the police instead. (not unlike you would if anyone came into a store and asked for help)
We will also offer you a window sticker to display at the front of your venue. This is so that women, children and young people will be able to see that your business is part of the project and that they can approach you.
The support that we are asking for you to provide does not require any training as such, however Safe and Sound will be happy to accommodate any staff training on safeguarding/child exploitation if you felt your staff would benefit from this awareness.
This project is an opportunity to support the Place Based Risk work within the City which focuses on identifying and understanding the places/areas which pose risks to individuals outside of their family home. We would welcome you to also share any intelligence and information which you think would be beneficial to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people.
Please send this through to [email protected]