Review your environment and ask yourself questions. Your reporting system should identify where and when incidents happen, you can then reflect on this and improve by implementing tools or techniques accordingly. Are there recurring themes? Do you have areas which bottleneck when the space is busy?
Are there areas not covered by CCTV? What did staff tell you in their staff survey about when and how incidents occur? Do you have people who visit the business after everyone has left? (for example, early morning cleaners).
When entering or leaving, is this area well-lit and safe for a lone worker? Where is your cloakroom located? Are your staff safe in this environment. Can you get staff home safer with a paid-for taxi late at night?
Any feedback you receive should be acted on swiftly, including from staff, customers or city partners such as licencing officers, Pubwatch or the Avon and Somerset Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Think about all your spaces in the safety audit, both those available to the public, those for staff only, and those not in use (e.g., a secondary eventspace). Backstage areas, cloakrooms, ticket offices, storerooms should be considered, along with public-facing amenities such as smoking areas and all toilets.
Consider applying for funding for any long-term infrastructure improvements that the buildingneeds to make, for example through the ArtsCouncil grassroots music fund.
- Check that all CCTV and lighting is functioning correctly
- Assess your provision of accessible, single cell all-gender and single sex bathrooms
- Conduct or commission a Safety and Access audit of your buildings and spaces and publish the findings online and in a printed form. For example, the venue hotspot map below can be used to identify areas that require improved safety measures
- Attend meetings with the local Avon and Somerset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team.