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Free safeguarding sessions for taxi drivers

6th October 2017 

taxiTaxi drivers in Powys are being offered free training to help protect vulnerable people, the county council has announced.

To coincide with Wales Safeguarding Week (13-17 November), training sessions will be delivered across the county next month in a bid to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and well as all other aspects of safeguarding.

In a joint initiative between Powys County Council's Licensing and Safeguarding teams and Dyfed Powys Police, drivers will learn how to spot signs that vulnerable people may be at risk, know how to report their concerns and who to contact.

Government discussions are underway to introduce mandatory safeguarding training for all taxi drivers so people are being urged to book now and take advantage of the free course.

The training sessions, which will last about an hour, will take place on the following days:

• Wednesday, November 1, 10:30am - The Guild Hall, Brecon
• Thursday, November 2, 10:30am - County Hall, Llandrindod Wells
• Tuesday, November 7, 10:30am - Neuadd Maldwyn, Welshpool
• Tuesday, November 14, 1:45pm - Y Plas, Machynlleth
• Tuesday, November 21, 10:30am - Miners Welfare Hall, Ystradgynlais
• Monday, November 27, 10:30am - Newtown Fire Station, Newtown

Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for Licensing, said: "This training helps taxi drivers recognise potential issues as they are the eyes and ears of the community and should they have any concerns they will know which authorities to contact.

"These sessions are also free of charge and the likelihood is, if they become mandatory, there will be a charge for training so we would encourage them to take advantage of this offer and book now."

Spaces for the training session are limited so taxi drivers are being urged to book their place on their preferred day as soon as possible.

To book your place on a training session or for further information email or telephone 01597 827389.

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