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Safeguarding training for taxi and private hire licence holders

Thousands of children and vulnerable adults use public transport every day in the United Kingdom, and whether it’s a ride to school or further afield, every passenger has the right to feel safe while travelling.

As a taxi driver, you play a crucial role in ensuring your passengers’ safety. This is not limited to making sure that you are driving carefully to prevent road accidents and checking that all passengers have their seatbelts plugged in. Your passengers may be displaying signs of some very serious safeguarding concerns, and without safeguarding training, you might not be able to notice when a passenger is at risk or in need of your help.

Similarly, you may also witness abuse happening in your work as a taxi driver. If you have completed a safeguarding training course, you will know what to do to report your concerns in the safest possible way.

Blue Lamp Trust have an online e-learning safeguarding course available online. The course aims to provide Taxi and Private Hire drivers with a knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, their responsibilities and best practice protocols. The candidate will be able to;

  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘Safeguarding’. 
  • Identify adults at risk and other vulnerable people.
  • Understand what is meant by Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Domestic Abuse.
  • Recognise types of abuse, associated signs and indicators.
  • Identify suspicious activities.
  • Know how, and the whom, they can report concerns.
  • Understand their safeguarding responsibilities and best practice protocols.

This police approved course costs £12 and you receive a certificate on successful completion of the course. This certificate must then be submitted to the licensing department to store against your record. 

To find out more information and to take the course please follow this link: https://bluelamptrust.org.uk/safeguarding-eLearning/ 

Where to seek advice and help

If you are concerned about someone you should contact:

  • Police: 999 in an emergency or Operation HALO on 101
  • Children's Services (including out of hours) 0300 123 4043
  • Adult Social Services (including out of hours) 0300 123 4042