What is Safe Place Scheme?
Safe Place Schemes are places in the community where people who need extra support can go if they need some help. This ‘help’ can range from a phone call to home to ask a relative to pick them up or help with directions. Safe Place Schemes can be any community venue, ranging from a library to a local business.
The idea behind Safe Places is that vulnerable people, typically those with learning disabilities, can use the venues if they are feeling unsafe. This could be for incidents of hate crime, or it could just be that they are feeling vulnerable and need assistance. Not all use of Safe Places will be for offences which would be reported to the police.
The schemes exist nationally across a variety of locations. More often than not just the knowledge of being aware that schemes are in place makes people feel safe and able to go out and about. Many who benefit from the scheme never actually use them directly but the existence of the
schemes allows them to lead more independent lives.
How are Safe Place Schemes Recognised?
Schemes can be recognised by the Teeswide Safe Place Logo, as shown.
People using the scheme will generally have a card which will have two contact numbers of people who may come and assist them if needed. These contacts will vary person to person and may include family or service providers.
Who is Supporting the Safe Place Scheme?
The Safe Place Scheme is being championed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger. It is also supported by a variety of partnership agencies including Health and Social Care, Cleveland Fire Brigade and Community Safety Partnerships.
Local Authority Safe Place Scheme Contacts
There is a local lead in each of the four Local Policing Areas, as follows:
Hartlepool: Jayne Brown - Tel: 01429 523526 Email: Jayne.Brown@hartlepool.gov.uk
Middlesbrough: Jane Hill - Tel:01642 728112 Email: Jane_Hill@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Redcar & Cleveland: Derek Birtwhistle - Tel: 01642 776931 Email: Derek.Birtwhistle@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
Stockton: Sarah Allen - Tel:01642 528458 Email: SarahJane.Allen@stockton.gov.uk
If you are a venue who would like to become a Safe Place, or you support a vulnerable person who would benefit from being a member of the Scheme please contact your area lead.
Where are Safe Places in Cleveland?
We have Safe Places all over Cleveland, and are developing the scheme further all the time, so please check back soon to see which new places have been added. All Marks and Spencers stores and all Cleveland Fire Brigade buildings are designated Safe Places.
Please click here to see a list of all the Safe Places in your area: