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Top tips for keeping yourself & others safe on a night out

As part of our "CONSENT MATTERS" campaign, here are some tips on keeping yourself and others safe on nights out.

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As part of our "CONSENT MATTERS" campaign, here are some tips on keeping yourself and others safe on nights out.

Top tips for keeping yourself safe on a night out:

1. Plan ahead:
How are you getting there?
How are you getting home?
Who are you going with? -safety in numbers!
Make sure someone knows where you are going

2. Watch your drink:
Never leave your drink unattended to avoid the risk of spiking
Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers
If you have to leave your drink, make sure that someone you trust looks
after it for you.

3. Know your limits:
Be aware of your alcohol intake and mixing
If you start to feel ill, let a member of staff/friend/security know
Drink plenty of water

4. Keep your belongings safe:
Carry minimal belongings securely.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
Wear a bag or clutch to prevent belongings being stolen

5. Travel safely:
Travel in groups
When walking, stay in busy, well-lit areas and avoid secluded areas (such
as underpasses, quiet parks and dark alleyways)
Avoid empty train carriages/tubes
Only take ubers or other licenced taxi services.

Most importantly: have fun!

How to keep others safe:


  • Be an active bystander- If you see something problematic, make sure that
  • you let a member of staff know or call the police. Always put your safety
  • first.
  • Refrain from pressuring others into drinking/drugs.
  • Check in with others-see how they’re feeling
  • Notice other’s level of intoxication- are they heavily intoxicated and
  • leaving with someone? Do they seem uncomfortable?
  • Are they leaving by themselves? Encourage to leave as a group
  • If at Bop, take them to a Bystander or St. john’s


Consent is a legal requirement. Therefore, if consent is not given, this is
breaking the law.

What is consent?

Giving permission, without pressure or coercion.

What is not consent?


  • Being drunk, unconscious/asleep, emotionally distress/vulnerable
  • Silence (the absence of “no” does not mean “yes”)
  • Having previous sexual encounters.
  • Consenting but then changing mind
  • Consenting to kissing does not mean consenting to anything else