All action plans are based on three key pillars namely:
Best Practice Suggestions
As best practice, CAPs focus on how to communicate alcohol education and personal safety messages via materials, both digital and print, that are developed locally utilising the creative skills of media/design students. There is particular emphasis on utilising trusted sources of information such as student union apps, webpages and place messages on digital screens in relevant places, e.g. through Student Unions and SU bars.
Given their role around enforcement of laws to alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour, police are well placed to lead on such initiatives for CAPs. Priorities are set by local police forces and their role within CAPs can range from leading on co-ordinating anti drink-spiking campaigns to the provision of data on crime and anti-social behaviour for CAP evaluation.
Hospitality venues always need to be safe environments where personal safety is given high priority. Working within CAPs, the hospitality sector has devised many initiatives from offering vulnerability training for door staff and bar staff in all Night Time Economy (NTE) venues e.g. via Licensing SAVI, and WAVE, to employing trained ambassadors or hosts in NTE settings (uni bars, clubs and pubs) who can personally deliver safer drinking advice and carry out alcohol brief interventions such as Drink Rethink.
CAP has worked with students to oversee the accuracy of any health messaging to ensure it is aligned to the right CMO guidance and to ensure that it signposts to local support services comprehensively and appropriately. Training and support for student welfare officers has been provided along with working with all partners to support any initiative where medical supervision is administered in safe spaces or safety buses.
Retailers (Off-trade & Other Retailers)
Working with retailers in a variety of fields from off-trade to pharmacies, CAP has worked to develop best practice methods with them. Over time, a range of best practice methods has emerged from providing space on the premises for b banners and posters on alcohol aisles to support local campaigns and CAP initiatives to the provision of a safe space if a store opens late and its size allows for it.