Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

An essential part of CAP involves enforcement of the laws relating to young people and alcohol including purchase of alcohol by under 18s, sale to under 18s, drinking by under 18s in public places and proxy or agent purchase.


Young People

Police and Trading Standards make regular patrols of the pilot area looking for under 18s drinking in public. Where such persons are found, alcohol is confiscated and parents informed. Where the young person is intoxicated, the guardian is called to collect the child or he/she will be taken home in a police vehicle. Cases are reported to Social Services where necessary. On patrol evenings, retailers and enforcement agencies collaborate to identify instances of young people attempting to buy alcohol so that the police and trading standards can attend and deal with them. A dedicated mobile phone number is normally made available to retailers on enforcement evenings.

Proxy purchasers

Proxy-purchase-ALCOHOL-CARD-Stanley-1It is an offence to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone who is under 18, an offence known as “proxy purchase” or “agent purchase” in Scotland. Those who commit the offence of proxy purchase are liable to a £90 Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND). Retailers are encouraged to display notices warning against proxy purchase and are encouraged to inform police and/or Trading Standards of any instances of adults who may be buying alcohol on behalf of young people.

Retailers/Licensees

Retailers and licensees are provided with support and materials to help avoid making underage sales. Where there is suspicion that underage sales are taking place at a particular premises, the retailer/licensee will be invited to review systems and personnel training.

CAP SEEKS TWO NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

We are looking to appoint two Directors  to our Board with a background in any or all of following sectors:

  • Children and young people’s health and development
  • Policing/Criminal Justice
  • Research and evaluation of social policy issues

You’ll join a Board of Directors who are leaders in their fields led by independent Chairman Derek Lewis. The closing date for applications is 11th October 2016. Click here to apply. 

"This innovative partnership is an excellent example of how public bodies, charities and private companies can work together to resolve a community problem. Not only have the partners contributed to the success of the project but also the youngsters of Brecon, whose involvement and commitment have also contributed to this success."

Councillor John Powell
Cabinet Member for Trading Standards
Powys County Council

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what is cap?

CAP encourages local partnership working to tackle underage alcohol misuse and associated anti social behaviour.   CAP is unique in that it recognises that retail is part of the solution and has been shown to be more effective than enforcement alone.

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is there a cap in my area?

Over 100 CAPs have now been set up across the UK. Take a look at our map to find your nearest CAP. CAP is keen to explore opportunities for new CAPs in areas where there is an underage drinking problem.


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How can i get involved?

If there is a CAP scheme in your area, we can put you in touch with the local project co-ordinator, who will explain how to get involved. If there is no CAP in your area but you would like to talk about setting up a CAP, the CAP team will be able to give help and advice.

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