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A7(a). Community Actions to Tackle Alcohol Harms
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 April, 2015
Please describe how you have supported local community activity to tackle alcohol's social and health harms, over the last year (2000 characters limit):
We have excellent levels of engagement with local licensing officers and our Property and Tenanted Trade Director is the Chairman of the Institute of Licensing for the South East region. We have increased investment in online training, courtesy of CPL. We have improved access to this training by making it available to both licensees and their barstaff. Relevant modules include:
Award for Licensed Premises Staff: ensuring licensees and their staff understand the law and best practice in relation to refusing sales of alcohol to underage customers and to those intoxicated by alcohol.
Age Verification: ensuring tenants are aware of the terms of their premises license with regard to a policy of age verification being in place, in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.
Award in Under Age Sales Prevention: ensuring tenants and their staff know the law with regards to age-restricted products, what the age restrictions are and the skills needed to refuse underage sales.
All online courses include training modules, followed by online assessment.
We support numerous schemes in our pubs' locales to address issues around social and health harms: Pubwatch - across our estate, we support licensees (sometimes financially) working in partnership with their communities and their peers in an effort to provide a safe environment for socialising; Safety Thirst, City of London: this is a police-led scheme which aims to achieve the highest standards of safety and security for customers and to minimise any impact on neighbours. The scheme is supported by annual awards at the Guildhall, with grading for each house to allow them to monitor their progress. We have three managed houses and three tenanted houses within this area. There are more than 60 components focusing on health and safety, staff training, risk assessments and fire risk management, among other areas. We operate more than 250 pubs within Kent and are active members of the Kent Community Alcohol Partnership (KCAP).
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