Get Involved: Venues
Good Night Out Campaign supports participating premises of any size (including festivals) to undertake a review of all their in-house processes and can also provide you with best practice policy. Participating spaces sign a venue agreement and receive a certification of participation. Our specialist trainers provide a facilitated interactive workshops session for staff. You will also receive follow up material, which can also include training in-house staff to deliver the training to future employees.
We have worked with hundreds of premises and their staff, from small bars to thousand+ capacity venues, including many universities.
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:
- Provide any existing in-house safety policy or procedure for review, or if none exist yet, take on the GNO best practice policies and procedures which we work with you to adapt.
- Sign the Good Night Out venue agreement and display the certificate
- Display official Good Night Out posters in appropriate areas (e.g. toilets) and display our training info in communal staff areas
- Agree to be named and linked to on our 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.
How much does it cost?
Costs for participation vary based on your needs and is generally dependent on:
- the level of policy and procedure support required
- number of staff employed
- number and type of premises
Fees for work are split between consultant and trainer time and a donation towards the administrative costs of producing material. Please contact us for a quote.
Good Night Out Campaign is 100% not-for-profit and receives no operational funding, so we rely on venue donations to continue our work supporting safer night time economies.
What does the poster say?
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.
This message is designed to recognise that every venue, pub, bar and club is different, striking a POSITIVE note without creating an atmosphere of unnecessary fear. It lets customers 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!
Policy and Procedure
We know that venues, clubs, bars and pubs are the experts when it comes to what happens on their premises. We also know from experience that having an agreed written policy and procedure, just as you would any other risk (e.g. fire, theft) is massively helpful for your staff.
Don’t worry if you don’t have this! We can provide you with best practice policy and procedure and adapt it to your needs.
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 page when it comes to report sexual behaviour on the premises. We can also assist with discussions with licensing officers about anti-social behaviour.
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 gig goer