Safer clubbing for Edinburgh’s under 18’s

Màiri Thomson

Under 18’s in Edinburgh will be safer on nights out thanks to an initiative involving community organisations, businesses and Lothian and Borders Police.

‘Clubzone+’ brings together clubs, neighbourhood watch schemes, Lothian buses and local police in a drive to improve the safety of youngsters as they attend under 18’s nights in the city.

All clubs in the city centre holding under 18’s nights have signed up to the program, which sees police joining force with 6VT youth workers to monitor behaviour. Alcohol is the main focus – children will be breathalysed before entering the club and if they are under the influence will not be admitted.

Supt Mark Williams from Lothian and Borders Police said: ‘Clubzone + is a really successful partnership initiative that puts the safety of young people first and also takes into account the local impact of the discos.

‘The Council and other key partners have invested financially, and with time and energy, to make sure young people in Edinburgh can enjoy themselves in a safe and supportive environment.’

Fiona Horne from 6VT said: ‘This initiative is an excellent example of partnership working between voluntary, statutory sectors and commercial venues throughout the city.

‘With this consistent approach city wide, young people attending these events and their parents get a clear message about what behaviour is acceptable and also what to expect from a club when attending an under-18s event in the city in terms of safety and procedures.

‘The ClubZone initiative monitors clubs to ensure they adhere to good and safe practice whilst running under-18 events. Overall young clubbers demonstrate a high standard of safe behaviour whilst attending discos like City nightclub, where at the past few events, none of the 1200 young people attending failed the alcohol breath tests or searches on entry.

‘The safety of young people in and around the clubs, remain at all times at the forefront of this service.’