We are a specialist female focused safeguarding team partnering with the police and local authority to deliver proactive and dynamic MVAWG protection and emergency intervention in Cheltenham

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WE ARE LEADING THE WAY

"Our team of female specialist safeguarding officers are amongst the most capable and experienced dynamic, proactive and reactive specialist responders in the United Kingdom.

"Our ability to respond to a wide range of incidents and emergencies within the ENTE environment makes us a valuable asset to the community we proudly serve and an important strategic partner to the police and the local authority.

 

"Delivering an unrivalled service we are an essential component in the policing and care provision in Cheltenham's evening and night-time economy."

Terry Howard

Founder and Joint Operations Director

Cheltenham Guardians Safeguarding Team

The India Protocol is our flagship safeguarding initiative that is helping to keep women safe at night. Our proactive and reactive measures are amongst the most innovative and robust in the United Kingdom today

TACKLING MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY

Male violence against women and girls (MVAWG) is a prevalent, persistent and serious issue that takes a number of forms in the night-time economy. We are working closely with our strategic partners including Gloucestershire Constabulary and Cheltenham Borough Council in order to address, challenge and combat this very serious issue.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE

Inappropriate sexualised conversation and the touching (grabbing, groping, sexual assault) of women and girls are deep-rooted problems which exist in night-time economies throughout the country. Cheltenham is no exception. Dehumanising, degrading and illegal acts committed (mainly) by men towards female victims are sadly a common occurrence.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We have created, operate, prioritise and deliver the India Protocol - a dynamic and hugely successful single-sex safeguarding initiative.

The India Protocol delivers female-focused enhanced care and security into Cheltenham's vibrant night-time economy by way of innovative proactive and reactive measures. We may also utilise covert tactics in order to pursue and achieve intelligence-led goals. 

Our officers operate proactively, reactively and sometimes covertly in order to keep women and girls safe in the night-time economy environment.

 

FOR INDIA

The India Protocol is named and operated in memory of India Eve Chipchase, a young woman who was raped and murdered after being coerced away from a Northampton nightclub by a predatory male.

Facility based care at Cheltenham's Nightcare Hub compliments the already comprehensive safeguarding safety net deployed by our team

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NIGHTCARE HUB @ 1 ROYAL CRESCENT

The Nightcare Hub located at 1 Royal Crescent is a static support facility and safe space operated by the Cheltenham Guardians Nova Team.

The facility offers female focused support and assistance every Saturday night and Sunday morning between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. including:

  • Safe and secure female space

  • Toilet facilities (female only)

  • Bottled water

  • Provision of flip-flops

  • Phone charging

  • Female hygiene products

We are grateful to the Royal Air Forces Association and Cheltenham BID for their support of the Nightcare Hub.

With thousands of operational hours saved due to Guardian intervention,

we are a valuable partner to the emergency services in Cheltenham's night-time economy

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Our experienced team of welfare officers have worked alongside Gloucestershire's police officers in Cheltenham's night-time economy for over 7 years. This has given the both the police and our team the opportunity to understand better the unique challenges faced by both organisations.

 

Thanks to the wide remit capabilities of our officers we provide useful support to our police partners in a variety of scenarios.

Ultimately, cohesion and synergy between both police and Guardians benefit the community we proudly serve.

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