Author: Carolyn Brownell

The Cardiff Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking.

Lauren Idowu of Public Health Wales and Ian Tumelty the Business Crime Reduction Manager for Cardiff Against Business Crime (FOR Cardiff) received the CAP of the Year (Wales) Award from Kate Winstanley, CAP Director, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.

Kate Winstanley said: “Cardiff was the first CAP to include 18-25 year olds within the project. The city has a vibrant night-time economy and the CAP works to ensure the safety of these young people, working in partnership to bring together existing initiatives and add value to them. Help points are to be installed across the city and training is currently being delivered to door staff to provide support for vulnerable young people. The CAP also works closely with Cardiff universities to reduce anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related violence and health risks from high levels of intoxication among students.”

She added: “I’d also like to congratulate Pontardawe CAP and Pontypridd CAP which were highly commended in this category for their most effective work addressing underage drinking in Wales by focussing on the education of young people and holding local public engagement events.”

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought major reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.

Evaluations for the period 2015-2019 show:

  • 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
  • 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
  • 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
  • 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
  • 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: ““Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children.  While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds.  We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”

Cardiff has successfully renewed its Purple Flag accreditation after evidencing for the second time that it is has an excellent offering for an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

An application led by FOR Cardiff and involving partners including South Wales Police, Cardiff Council, British Transport Police, Cardiff Licensees Forum, Street Pastors and a host of cultural venues and attractions was scored against the five core standards. These include being safe and welcoming, the accessibility of the area and the provision of a diverse choice of leisure and entertainment activities available to all.

Enhancing the perception of safety in Cardiff city centre has been a new focus for this year’s application through the production and promotion of a Purple Flag video which achieved a reach 79,805 in its first week across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Cardiff University, University of South Wales and Cardiff & Vale College have also agreed to show the video at all their open days both locally and internationally and have shared it on their social media channels reaching 344,432 people across the globe.

New for the latest application was the rollout of the Best Bar None scheme which ensures the highest standards in licenced premises. This has been delivered at zero cost to premises within the Purple Flag area and 34 premises are currently working towards accreditation. FOR Cardiff has funded the training of four staff who will carry out the assessments.

FOR Cardiff has also continued to provide training sessions for club and pub staff, fund the Night Marshals team, manage the CityNet Radio system as well as financially supporting different initiatives for students such as the Safety Bus.

Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff said: “Our mission at FOR Cardiff is to make sure the city centre is a welcoming and safe environment that can be enjoyed by everyone. Cardiff can officially continue to be recognised for its varied cultural offering and its safety. FOR Cardiff are proud to lead on obtaining the Purple Flag award for the second year running and delighted we have been successful in retaining it.”

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CABC ATCM Award

Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) was awarded the runner up prize at the ATCM 2019 Town and City Management Industry Awards for Best Safety, Security and Resilience Scheme.

The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) is an industry recognised body that is dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of urban centres across the UK and Ireland.

The ATCM Town and City Management Industry Awards celebrates significant contribution to and development of urban centres across a range of categories.

CABC was highly commended for its safety, security and resilience initiatives including CityNet radio, Terrorism and Vulnerability Awareness Training, Night Marshals and Street Pastors.

ATCM recognised CABC’s innovation, expertise and collaboration across partnerships. As well, as CABC’s positive impact on businesses, the public and the public, private and third sector.

The award follows the announcement that Cardiff Against Business Crime was the fourth in the UK, and joint first in Wales (as well as Newport), to gain accreditation against the new open standards for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRP).

Executive Director of FOR Cardiff, Adrian Field said:

“This award is further recognition of Cardiff Against Business Crime’s commitment to high industry standards.

CABC has made a huge impact in its first year and will continue to support and develop initiatives that make Cardiff a safer and more welcoming place for those who visit, live and work in Cardiff.”

FOR Cardiff are delighted to announce that our Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) scheme was the fourth in the UK, and joint first in Wales (as well as Newport), to gain accreditation against the new open standards for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRP).

The rigorous standards for BCRP’s  are measured against governance, benefits, data integrity, systems and communications and by demonstrating that accredited partnerships meet the national standard our police partners can have the confidence to ‘dare to share’ information and act on the information they receive from BCRPs to foster a culture of collaborative working.

The National Association of Business Crime Partnership (NABCP) assessor said, “The ‘new’ Cardiff BCRP is supported by FOR Cardiff and was only initiated in the previous 12-18 months. It has recently commissioned a new digital radio system with 200 members; seen a change to the BCRP Board and management structures; worked to support the recent Purple Flag Award; and only last week underwent an office move. All these have provided challenges which have been met and I believe exceeded by the administration arrangements it has in place. Notwithstanding this, they also demonstrated full awareness of the new current GDPR and Data Protection arrangements and the changes needed to BCRP policies and guidelines have been made and introduced. I am satisfied that the requirements for the standard have been met and exceeded in many areas of its work and recommend it for accreditation.”

David Wilson, National Coordinator of the NABCP described CABC as “operating an excellent scheme”.

Paul Hurley QPM, Independent Chair of Cardiff Against Business Crime Board of Management, said “I am delighted with the progress we have made in our first year where we have delivered what we promised and more and we are determined to build on this progress to support our member businesses to drive down crime. I am particularly pleased with the partnerships we have forged, and I believe this has been the key to our early success. Gaining accreditation with the new open standards demonstrates that we are a robust and vital member led partnership and one of the best performing BCRP’s in the UK ‘’