Get Involved: Venues
Good Night Out Campaign is an independent international initiative dedicated to raising awareness of sexual harassment and helping the nighttime economy address, deal with, tackle and prevent this issue through a poster campaign and specialist training.
Launched in April 2014 and endorsed by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Hollaback London, National Union of Students and Everyday Sexism, Good Night Out is a totally independent team of organisers and trainers passionate about making nights out safer for all, and active worldwide.
We work in partnership with councils, licensing teams, women’s groups and charities across the country to deliver training, consultation and support.
We developed and delivered training for Southwark Council’s landmark Women’s Safety Charter, alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware, and Kingston Upon Thames Council in partnership with the Met Police.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is not simple to define as a tick list of behaviours, but it can be anything that makes your customers feel uncomfortable, and could include verbal physical sexual behaviour towards a person without consent. Consent is the difference between flirting and harassment. It could be groping, stalking, verbal threats or sexual comments, overt persistence (e.g. not taking ‘no’ for an answer) homophobic language or taking photos without consent, sexual touching or assault.
You may not be aware of this happening on the premises, but chances are it does. Your customers need to feel confident that they will receive a supportive response if and when it does!
How does Good Night Out work?
Participating venues must:
- Sign up to the GNO pledge by displaying official Good Night Out posters in appropriate areas (e.g. toilets) and by displaying our training info in communal staff areas
- Be named and linked to on the Good Night Out website
- Build the GNO approach into existing general safety policy through training offered by Good Night Out, either delivered directly (get in touch for costs) or through using our material
- Dedicate a segment of staff meetings to brief all staff on the policy and feedback on any issues to GNO team.
What is the pledge?
We want you to have a good night out. If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can report it to any member of our staff and they will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.
The pledge is designed to recognise that every venue, pub, bar and club is different, sending a POSITIVE message without creating an atmosphere of unnecessary fear. It lets punters know that if anything does cause them concern, they can speak to staff and be helped, and then get on with having a good night out.
Applying the pledge
We know that venues, clubs, bars and pubs are the experts when it comes to what happens on the premises, so we work closely with them to make sure they’re happy with the pledge and to help them work it into their existing policy.
Whether you are a small local pub or a large scale multi-venue organisation, the set of tools we offer enables staff to get on the same when it comes to report sexual behaviour on the premises. This creates a safer environment. We can also assist with discussions with licensing officers about antisocial behaviour.
We can either run a bespoke training sessions or workshop for your staff, or offer a range of training materials and guidelines for you to deliver direct of or 15, 30 and 60 minutes. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. Your donation towards this work covers trainer expenses and ensure we can deliver this.
Having been in the industry for over 20 years it’s refreshing to still be able to learn valuable skills and techniques when dealing with sensitive issues such as those brought to our attention by Good Night Out. Bryony [trainer] and her valuable insight to such an important but sometimes overlooked issue was unanimously applauded by the VU team. We are proud to be a supporter of Good Night Out and their campaign to raise awareness among staff and punters in late night establishments.Tyvian Vigrass, Operations Manager / DPS, Village Underground
Being part of Good Night Out is so important to us as a music space, as we want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves and feel safe in our venue. We’ve received some really positive messages from women thanking us for taking this stance and having their backs since we started publicising the campaign.Kirsti Wier, Press Officer, Fabric
The ladies loos are a refuge and a sanctuary, and are often the place where you end up taking stock of your night and realise it’s not going as well as it could be. Seeing this poster on the back of a cubicle door was a useful reminder that the fault didn’t lie with me and that I had every right to tell someone and expect them to understand.Anonymous feedback