Welcome to the Nightsafe Oxford Network, your one stop shop to find out about all the measures we are putting in place to prevent Violence against Women and Girls on a night out. We want all visitors, residents and those who work and study in Oxford to feel safe during both your visit to our wonderful city and your onward journey home. This site will provide you with:
What measures we have put in place
Where you can find them
How you can use them
And what is coming soon!
Nightsafe Oxford is a new network that has formed in order to provide a unified approach to help prevent Violence against Women and Girls in Oxford at night.
The network brings together partners and organisations in the night-time economy, including the police, CCTV operators, Street Pastors, night bus drivers, taxi drivers, licensed premises, door supervisors and university security services. All working together to make Oxford a safe and enjoyable destination for a great night out.
Network members will be provided with:
Oxford City Angels
Oxford City Angels are arriving soon! They are a new voluntary organisation being formed in collaboration with Cheltenham Guardians; one of the UKs leading specialist safeguarding service providers.
Our team are predominantly female, whose primary purpose is to ensure the safety and security of women in Oxfords Night-Time Economy. The Angels will be working closely with all members of the Nightsafe Network, Thames Valley Police and CCTV operators.
Oxford City Angels first operational evening is scheduled for Saturday 2nd July during the hours of 22.30 – 0500. They will be out once a month thereafter, until there are a sufficient number of volunteers in place to service additional weekends.
They are currently recruiting, so if this is something that interests you and you would like to find out more, you can connect with them on their Oxford City Angels Facebook Page here, where they will be advertising the recruitment event soon.
All volunteers will go through DBS checks and receive relevant training.
The Oxford Street Pastors have been patrolling the city for years and are an integral part of our Nightsafe Network. Street Pastors offer reassurance, safety and support through caring, listening and helping. They work together with other partners to make our night time economy safer. Flip-flops, lollipops and a friendly face has helped many people get back home safely!
They are out regularly and are easily recognised by the words Street Pastor emblazoned on their blue jackets. They work in pairs and you will see them patrolling the city and gathered in high footfall areas looking to support anyone in need when the clubs end.
We have recruited two new taxi marshalls to manage the private hire bookings on Park End Street during a Saturday night. We have also redesigned Park End Street to enable Hackney Carriages to pick up bookings more effectively. The completion of the resign work will be mid-June. The dispersal of patrons from the nightclub areas is important so that people can be homeward bound quickly and safely.
The South Central Ambulance Service or SOS Bus as it was formerly known has been a key presence in the night time economy for many years. They started to feature in the city back in 2014, with the objective to reduce alcohol related demand at the John Radcliffe Hospital. This proved invaluable and over time they have not only treated medical issues that have been presented to them but mental health issues also, whereby they have been able to offer a listening ear, a place of safety and signpost people to the relevant support services they need.
They are based outside the New Road Baptist Church at Bonn Square, opposite the entrance to the Westgate shopping centre. They are not out every weekend but will be during some bank holidays, freshers week and Christmas festivities.
An important part of the Nightsafe Oxford Network is the Safe Places scheme, where Network members with premises provide a place where people can get support in a safe environment. A range of businesses including city centre pubs, clubs and hotels have signed up to join the scheme.
Safe Places organisations will be identified through the Safe Places logo on their windows, or through the Safe Places App which will allow people to find their nearest Safe Place from their current location.
The Oxford Bus Company is also part of our Safe Places scheme. Drivers will radio through to their control room for assistance if someone is in need of help.
Below are some of our signed up members:
Please keep checking back and we will adding more!
Every weekend the Oxford Local Police Area run the Nightsafe Policing operation which allocates additional police resources to manage the evening economy.
Introduced in Oxford in 2019, Project Vigilant targets predatory behaviour in the evening economy in order to prevent sexual offending. Dedicated uniformed and plain clothed officers patrol areas of the city to identify people who may be displaying signs of predatory behaviour. This includes behaviour such as sexual harassment, inappropriate touching and loitering. Oxford Police and Oxford City Council work together to enforce against those who pose a risk to women in the evening economy. As a result of the success of Project Vigilant, the initiative has now been rolled out to police forces across the country through the governments Safety of Women At Night (SWAN) funding.
There is an extensive public spaces CCTV system in operation in Oxford City Centre, East Oxford and in some of our neighbourhoods. The Control Room is within St. Aldates Police Station and is connected to partners by the RadioLink radio system.
Oxford City Council and the Home Office Safer Streets Round 3 project have upgraded 25 cameras to new High Definition cameras and a state-of-the-art monitoring suite. New cameras are also in place at The Plain, St Clements and all the way along the Cowley Road to Manzil way. Additional cameras in Templars Square will cover the bus stop areas close to the shopping centre.
University Security cameras
Complementing the public space cameras is the University of Oxford Security Services CCTV scheme. These cameras cover the university area of the city, including the streets east of Cornmarket to Magdalen Bridge, the Science Area and most of the University estate. The cameras are monitored by the Security Services and have a feed to St. Aldates Police Station.
Most people are using social media to stay connected to friends and family on a night out. We wanted to highlight some personal safety apps that are the most common, each offering different features and available on most smart phones and tablets.
Always call the police on 999 if you are in immediate danger.
You can access the Apple store here: App Store – Apple (UK)
You can access Google Play store here: Android Apps on Google Play
|Find My (Find My Friends)||Mobile tracking||Device(s) tracker||Live maps real time Location System updates||https://support.apple.com|
|Snapchat||Instant communication||Live maps on Snap Maps once connected||Needs location sharing turned on||https://www.snapchat.com|
|Hollie Guard||Set timers, alerts to notify contacts, fall & shake detection||Can activate audio alarm on shaking||Can upgrade to call centre responses||https://hollieguard.com
|Life 360||Real time tracking||Set up and get notifications when synched contacts enter or leave areas||Driving report tracking||https://www.life360.com|
|One Scream||Scream or keyword activate||Loud alarm||Notify contacts on alarm||https://www.onescream.com|
|Walk Safe||Mapping hotspot locations||Alert friends, Android records||Set timed alarms||https://www.walksafe.io|
|Safe & City||Creates personalised safe routes||Report incidents||Safe sites||https://www.safeandthecity.com|
|Get Your Coat||Quick call facility||Location messaging||Alcohol tracker||https://getyourcoat.app|
When you socialise in our city, we want you to receive a consistent positive response and be given the appropriate support, should you become vulnerable or experience sexual violence or abuse. We have invested in a series of training programmes for members of the Nightsafe Network to undertake and develop the rights skills and confidence to intervene safely and take the right course of action.
As part of our strategic plan, we have commissioned the following training courses:
Bystander Intervention for Sexual Violence “Train the Trainer”
18 organisations have just received the ‘train the trainer’ programme, delivered by Welsh Womens Aid. The subjects covered are; understanding the concept of a Bystander, how to recognise instances of sexual violence and abuse, how to respond to inappropriate behaviour and understand what support is available for victims.
Organisations have begun to deliver this course to frontline staff. We are creating a pool of trainers to deliver to organisations on an ongoing basis to cater for staff turnover.
Licensing Security and Vulnerability Initiative – Licensing SAVI is an online assessment programme designed to help the owners and operators of licensed premises provide a safe and secure environment for their managers, staff, customers and local communities. Each question is evaluated and a personalised report with give advice where improvements can be made and clear recommendations on several new and improved security standards, which have been developed to address emerging criminal activity, such as women’s safety and spiking.
Licensing SAVI has been developed by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) at the request of the Home Office. At the end of the assessment, a final grading will be given in the form of a rating system from 1-5 Stars (with 5 Stars being the highest). Venues can display these at their premises.
We have a number of venues signed up and we will be rolling it out to other venues during the coming months.
Drink Spiking Awareness Course by Stamp Out Spiking
The drink spiking awareness course is delivered by the charitable organisation, Stamp Out Spiking. The main objective of the training course is to train as many front-line workers such as bar and security staff as possible, in order to raise awareness about drink spiking amongst venues, ensuring staff know what they can do to help victims, and minimising the frequency of this crime.
The course covers all the key information a venue needs to know including:
During the coming months many of our members will undertake this course.
Poor lighting is one of the most common reasons for people feeling unsafe in an area. Oxfordshire County Council have been upgrading the lighting on transport routes throughout the city. Lighting in Park End and Hythe Bridge Street are being upgraded soon.
The Home Office funded Safer Streets Violence against Women and Girls project has also funded lighting improvements in Didcot, Witney and Abingdon. The project selected these three areas to improve safety near transport hubs (town centre bus stops, taxi ranks and railway stations).
Mobile Phone Charging
New mobile phone charging shelves will available to use at both Oxford and Didcot rail stations soon. We have also given some of our Nightsafe Network members pocket chargers, to help you boost your battery life before you travel home. Be sure to ask one of the City Angels or Street Pastors if you need to use one!
Oxford Womens Safety is a website that allows you to tell us how you feel and what you want to see done in specific areas of the city. Place a pin on a map of Oxford and tell us what you think and feel about the area. Add your email address and we will keep you up to date on what the Network members are doing and how we are responding to the problems you have identified.
Click on the link below which will take you to the Oxford Womens Safety website.
We wanted to share some campaigns that are currently available both online and on travel networks. Please share with your friends, family and peers if you feel they benefit from viewing them.
“Do The Right Thing”
Make the choice to end Violence Against Women and Girls
The Police and Crime Commissioner has released a campaign challenging men’s behaviour. The Do the Right Thing campaign encourages men to recognise sexual harassment and misogynistic behaviour from others and give them the confidence to call it out when they witness it. The campaign can be found here
The Home Secretary launched an ambitious new, multi-year national communications campaign, which says ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls.
The campaign includes television adverts, billboards, social media and radio advertising and highlights different forms of violence against women and girls and the simple acts that anyone can take to challenge perpetrators of abuse.
The YouTube video can be viewed here:
Crime Stoppers Campaign
The Crime Stoppers Sexual Harassment video highlights some of the sexual harassment that women face every day. It shows a young woman experiencing four separate incidents of sexual harassment during her day, with them increasing in severity
Flipping the Narrative on Violence Against Women and Girls
Flipping The Narrative is the new podcast from Elmore Community Services, hosted by Luke Jerdy and Liz Jones, accompanied by a new spoken word performance by Luke who is also known for his portrayal of Jesse Donovan in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks from 2016 to 2020.
With the podcast’s encouragement to ‘pass it on’ to other men, Flipping The Narrative shows men that they can help each other to sit up, start conversations, and support each other and women. Click the link below to listen:
There are multiple support services available for people who have either witnessed or been a victim of crime. This list offers some of the places you can reach out to if you would like some support.
Reporting a crime to the police
Is it an emergency?
Is a crime happening right now, is the suspect still at the scene, or is anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger? Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? If you need support right away? Please call 999 now.
If you have witnessed or been the victim of crime please report it to Thames Valley Police, you can call 101 or report it on line via this link:
Victims First is dedicated to making sure that all victims and witnesses receive the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of the crime. They care about those affected by crime and work continuously to improve services and support for victims.
Victim First have a number of specialist services which include help for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse. They provide free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.
Crime Stoppers are an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime – 100% anonymously. You can them by phone on 0800 555 111 and online at the following website:
No matter what the situation is, sexual harassment is never ok and it is not your fault.
If you’ve been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour, you can contact Victim Support for free and confidential help. They can explain the options available to you, provide you with practical help like personal alarms and give you emotional support for as long as you need.
Victims Support details can be found here: Sexual harassment – Victim Support
Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC)
OSARRC provide a diverse range of effective services that meet the needs of survivors affected by sexual violence. Founded in 1979 as a collective of women, all volunteers, working to support women who had experienced rape and sexual abuse.
They are members of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) and The Survivors Trust, and work in line with the Rape Crisis National Service Standards, which ensure our work is of a high quality.
For more information about their services is available here
The Oxford City Council Licensing Authority team is responsible for the licensing, complaint investigation and enforcement of alcohol, taxi, gambling and sexual entertainment licenses in Oxford. Any reports of unsafe practice, safeguarding concerns, violence or breach of condition can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Each report is investigated, often in partnership with the police and neighbouring Licensing Authorities, and appropriate action taken. This could be additional conditions or a review of the licensing by a Council sub-committee.
The Licensing Authority also carryout proactive checks on premises and taxis to prevent situations from happening and improve practice. Often these are done with the police, Fire and Rescue Service and other relevant partners.
Oxford City Council’s Licensing Policy (link) sets out the requirement on all licensing premises and late night food premises in how they run their premises. The policy is used by the police and Oxford City Council’s Licensing Authority team to ensure any problems are addressed and conditions are placed on a premises. For example, the ratio of doorstaff to customers, CCTV requirements, age verification schemes, sensible drink promotion and drink spiking.
The team can be contacted at email@example.com
Oxford City Council’s taxi licensing policy sets out the requirements on Oxford City Council licensed vehicles, drivers and operators to work in the city. This includes safeguarding training, complaints processing and investigations.
The team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pubwatch scheme is part of Oxford City Crime Partnership. Pubwatch members are local licensed premises operating within the city. Many of the pubs, bars and clubs are Pubwatch members.
The objective of the Pubwatch scheme is to work collaboratively with the police, local authority and other partners to:
Pubwatch provides an invaluable service to both members and the wider community. They work closely with the Police and Licensing Authority and operate an exclusion scheme “Out of One, Out of All” that bans troublemakers from their premises for an agreed length of time.