Bar staff being trained to spot predatory behaviour

Long Lunch 02/05/2018
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Bar staff across the country will soon be trained to spot predatory behaviour which could lead to a sexual assault.

Developed by the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, a half-day workshop programme teaches staff how to shut down inappropriate behaviours.

The pilot programme includes things like providing free Wi-Fi and charging stations for phones, and providing staff with training to identify potentially dangerous situations and protect intoxicated people

SAPN general manager Fiona McNamara joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch, and said the programme is designed for bar staff to recognise situations where they may need to intervene.

“Ideally that’s going to be really early on, before there’s a big problem that’s happened,” she said.

We teach them to recognise that there’s a problem that they need to do something about and how they can safely intervene.

According to NZ Police data, there were 5,828 sexual assaults reported nationwide between October 2016 and September 2017.

Managing director at Four Kings Wellington, Matt McLaughlin, joined The AM Show on Tuesday and says he wants our bars to be "as safe as possible".

"We're not here to stop people meeting, we're not here to stop people hooking up - that's a lot of what bars are about," Mr McLaughlin says.

"We're just looking at the predatory behaviour, the bad behaviour, trying to intervene and see if we can't stop it."

Listen to the full interview with Fiona McNamara above.

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.