Multi-agency partnership schemes that are designed to reduce crime and vulnerability at night were celebrated at a Parliamentary reception today hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and the Portman Group.

At the event a gathering of businesses, MPs, NHS and Police staff saw how partnership-led safe spaces could provide a haven for vulnerable people and could provide treatment for minor injuries. These spaces are also designed to create a better environment in the UK’s night-time economy and to reduce the impact on public services.

The reception included an interactive session with a team from the Clapham Night Hub safe space, which is funded by the local Business Improvement District (bid) and featured a case study in MAKE and Portman Group’s audit of safe spaces operating in the UK.

Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, said: “The Government’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy included a commitment to establish effective local partnerships to reduce crime and vulnerability in the night time economy.

“Since its launch, we have been working with 32 areas across England and Wales to support local action, working in partnership to tackle alcohol-related harms, including expanding the use of safe spaces.

“I welcome the commitment I have seen to local partnership working and new ways of managing the night-time economy, which Safe Spaces exemplify.”

Portman Group chief executive, John Timothy, said: “Today’s reception highlights the importance of the partnership working approach that underpins all safe space schemes. As we look to grow the number of safe spaces in our night-time economy, the importance of engaging all relevant stakeholders in the discussion should not be forgotten. Tackling harm and reducing vulnerability has to be a collective effort. The vast majority of people enjoy their nights out safely with just a tiny fraction – less than 1% – at risk of becoming vulnerable or causing anti-social behaviour through alcohol misuse. Safe Spaces play a vital role in preventing harm and supporting individuals, relieving pressure on police, ambulance and A&E services.”