Safeguarding training for taxi and private hire licence holders

Thousands of children and vulnerable adults use public transport every day in the United Kingdom, and whether it’s a ride to school or further afield, every passenger has the right to feel safe while travelling.

As a taxi driver, you play a crucial role in ensuring your passengers’ safety. This is not limited to making sure that you are driving carefully to prevent road accidents and checking that all passengers have their seatbelts plugged in. Your passengers may be displaying signs of some very serious safeguarding concerns, and without safeguarding training, you might not be able to notice when a passenger is at risk or in need of your help.

Similarly, you may also witness abuse happening in your work as a taxi driver. If you have completed a safeguarding training course, you will know what to do to report your concerns in the safest possible way.

Drivers need to

  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘Safeguarding’. 
  • Identify adults at risk and other vulnerable people.
  • Understand what is meant by Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Domestic Abuse.
  • Recognise types of abuse, associated signs and indicators.
  • Identify suspicious activities.
  • Know how, and the whom, they can report concerns.
  • Understand their safeguarding responsibilities and best practice protocols.