The Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing policy was last revised in April 2015. Since then there have been a number of areas of national concern surrounding taxi licensing identified by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham carried out by Alexis Jay OBE and the subsequent inspection report of Louise Casey CB.
SKDC has addressed the concerns raised in the Rotherham reports and has agreed to the introduction of mandatory training on Safeguarding and Child Sexual Exploitation for new and existing taxi and private hire drivers and operators.
We have already included a comprehensive guide to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in our taxi and private hire policy. The inclusion of mandatory training on Safeguarding Everyone and on CSE for all taxi and private hire drivers and operators will strengthen this and bring us into line with surrounding local authorities thereby meeting the requirements of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The new changes will be implemented on 1 July 2017.
The training will consist of an e-learning course provided free of charge by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board whereby applicants receive training and answer questions online.
You must submit your pass certificates along with your annual check or renewal paperwork. Failure to complete and pass the training would, in accordance with the current policy, result either in your driver/operator licence not being renewed or the matter being referred to the licensing committee. This could potentially result in suspension or revocation of the licence.
Existing drivers and operators
All existing drivers and operators must complete and pass the safeguarding awareness training and the CSE module on their next annual check or renewal, whichever comes first.
New drivers and operators
New applicants will be required to pass both courses before they apply for a licence.
Instructions on regsitering and accessing the course can be found in the e-Learning guidance notes below.e-Learning login