What is Leisurewatch?
We can help you make your space safer. With training, audits and a unique e-referral system, Leisurewatch helps your staff develop a customer-focussed mindset with public safety a top priority.
About the scheme
Leisurewatch is a membership scheme for organisations that have a responsibility for the public who are using their facilities. We believe that the safety and wellbeing of your users, especially children and vulnerable adults, has to come first.
If you have responsibility for managing a site that is open to the public, you have probably encountered examples of potentially risky sexual behaviour by visitors to your premises. Over 10 years of experience shows that sexually predatory individuals can use public sites such as shopping centres to target vulnerable children and adults.
It is a challenge for managers to provide as much protection for their customers as possible, without exaggerating the risks presented by sex offenders.
Leisurewatch, a membership scheme developed and managed by TDI, can help protect vulnerable adults and children and give your organisation the confidence to recognise, assess and help manage the risk presented by concerning sexual behaviour on your premises.
Types of behaviour referred through the Leisurewatch service(2012-18)
What is Leisurewatch?
Leisurewatch is an annual membership scheme which includes training for your frontline staff and managers, on-site signage and branding, a thorough assessment of the site to gauge risk, a reporting system linked directly to the Police, and mystery visits to test the resilience of the systems in place.
The key elements of Leisurewatch are:
- Training for at least 80% of frontline staff, consisting of a three hour workshop to help them identify, assess, and manage sex offender risk
- A site audit examining physical, design and security issues that enable potential offenders to operate more easily on your premises
- The establishment of an official protocol with the Police whereby concerns recorded by staff will be reported to, and acted upon where appropriate by the Public Protection Unit of your local constabulary
- Training for site managers to co-ordinate contact with the Police, to manage the risk presented by sex offenders and create safer working environments
- Provision of on-site signage and other branding materials to demonstrate that your site is a member of the scheme, helping to deter potential offenders and reassure the public
- Regular mystery visits with follow-up advice and support to check implementation of the scheme and ensure that Leisurewatch protection is effective
- Newsletters and regular briefings from TDI on key issues and changes in legislation of which your staff must be aware.
- A top-up training session during the first membership year for new employees, ensuring that the majority of frontline staff are trained.
Setting the standards in sex offender awareness training
The Leisurewatch scheme was created by Police and public protection practitioners. Training is delivered by experts in the field and regularly undergoes rigorous third-party assessment. Leisurewatch was one of the few training schemes to be accredited and approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers as part of their ‘Secured by Design’ initiative.
"We have seen real benefits in the Leisurewatch scheme which promotes public protection and co-ordination between police forces and leisure facilities."
"This scheme is a great comfort to parents; I hope it will soon be extended to cover all our facilities."
"Exactly the kind of joined-up approach which is regarded as best practice in the field of public protection."