Since the introduction of Local Safeguarding Boards, changes have been made to the way in which premises such as bars, restaurants, shops etc apply for a licence.
Each application now has to clearly identify what measures they are taking to safeguard children from harm. This could be through policies for staff or protective measures for customers.
Under the Licensing Act 2003, children will normally have access to licensed premises unless there is a clear need for them to be excluded, such as Adult Entertainment Stores/Venues, Nightclubs and Gambling establishments.
Details of how to apply for a licence can be found on the City Council's website www.manchester.gov.uk/licensing
Raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
CSE destroys the lives of children and families - if premises get this wrong it can damage the reputation of the premises, the owner, manager or employee.
Below are a number of resources that organisations can use to ensure all their staff understand the issues around CSE, what the warning signs are and who to contact if they have concerns.
All children have the right to be safe from harm - if you think a child or young person is at risk you must contact the Police or Children's Services.
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board expects all applicants to detail in their operating schedule how they intend to protect children from harm in their premises or as a result of the activities requested in their license (for example, the sale of alcohol).
Where children have access to licensed premises measures to ensure their safety and extra resources need to be considered. Licence Applicants/Licensees can reduce the risk of harm to children by considering: