A campaign to keep people safe while having a night out across Lincolnshire has won a national award.
The “Ask for Angela”, run by Lincolnshire County Council, was named Best Personal Safety Campaign at the National Personal Safety Award run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
Hayley Child, sexual violence and abuse strategy co-ordinator for Lincolnshire, accepted the award as founder of the campagn which looks to prevent sexual violence with the help of bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Accepting the award, Hayley said: “It is fantastic to have been recognised in this way and just adds to the success of the campaign.
“Ultimately, we don’t want people to be or feel unsafe on a night out and by encouraging licensed premises to look out for people who could be vulnerable, making sure people know that bar staff are there to help, we are keeping Lincolnshire’s night-time economy safe and enjoyable.”
The award was presented to Hayley by former Metropolitan Police detective Jacqui Hames who co-presented BBC Crimewatch for 16 years.
It is fantastic to have been recognised in this way and just adds to the success of the campaignHayley Child, sexual violence and abuse strategy co-ordinator for Lincolnshire
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that between March 2015 and 2016, 645,000 people had reported they were a victim of sexual assaults, with a 12 per cent inccrease in sexual offences recorded by the police between September 2015 and 2016.
Speaking at the launch of “Ask for Angela” last October, Hayley said: “It is part of our wider #NoMore campaign which aims to promote a culture change in relation to sexual violence and abuse.
“We want to promote services in Lincolnshire and empower victims to make a decision on whether to report incidents because sexual abuse and violence is a national issue and all councils have a responsibility to tackle it.”