This page highlights current safeguarding concerns observed by our Guardian team and / or our Nightcare Hub Nova team which may have a negative effect on the safety and security of women and girls in Cheltenham's night-time economy. These concerns may not reflect the concerns, opinions or observations of other Cheltenham ENTE stakeholders.
The following is not an exhaustive list and some information has been withheld due to third-party requests, security concerns or other considerations.
Current safeguarding concerns in Cheltenham's night-time economy.
Last updated: 19 January 2024
MEN APPROACHING LONE FEMALES
We have witnessed an increase in the number of men approaching lone females leaving clubs in Cheltenham town centre. Both lone men and small groups of men are engaging in this targeted activity. We have made both Gloucestershire Constabulary and Cheltenham Borough Council aware of our concerns. We have increased the frequency of patrols on Winchcombe Street, the A46 and the pedestrian route between the town centre and Pittville Student Village.
PROMENADE TAXI RANK (town end)
Taxi Marshals at this location do not utilise the 'nightsafe' radio, or proactively engage in developing issues. There is no credible or reliable safeguarding provision at this location despite the presence of taxi marshals. We have made Cheltenham Borough Council aware of our concerns. We have increased the frequency of patrols at this location.
EXCLUSION FROM CHELTENHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL VAWG TASK GROUP
Cheltenham Borough Council do not include the Cheltenham Guardians Safeguarding Team in their Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) task group despite a) a core focus of CGST is combating VAWG. and b) we have extensive 'frontline' experience in this sector operating both a female safeguarding team and the Nightcare Hub. We feel that our contribution to the group would positively contribute to the conversation by providing a robust and unique account of frontline safeguarding challenges in Cheltenham. We have shared our concerns with Cheltenham Borough Council and are still awaiting a response from them (as of 21/12/23).