The Safer Places scheme is part of a wider “Respect me” campaign which aims to improve the experience of disabled people in the community.
Despite several recent well publicised cases, some disabled people are still victims of bullying and harassment when they go out. Often, this leaves them feeling very vulnerable and afraid.
A ‘Safer Place’ is an ordinary business or shop that has agreed to offer support if someone has a negative experience when out in their local community. A person can enter the premises and receive help in contacting a trusted person, or the police if they have been the victim of a crime. The venue provides a safe place for the person to wait for their trusted person, or the police, to arrive.
The Safer Place scheme was launched by Southampton City Council in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Southampton Learning Disability Partnership Board and Hampshire Constabulary.
Below you will find the two most recent newsletters which are produced quarterly for members of the scheme and the 2011 report on the Southampton and Basingstoke Safer Places pilot. If you would like more information on the scheme you can read the case study which can be found in our online resources section.