Lancashire Trading Standards Alcohol & Tobacco Team
Lancashire Trading Standards Alcohol & Tobacco Team

Community Alcohol Partnerships

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) are part of a UK wide initiative set up to tackle underage drinking and reduce risk and vulnerability for young people in communities.

Lancashire Community Alcohol Partnerships develop localised action plans, which in general cover the following areas;

  • Tackling alcohol/substance related anti-social behaviour, vulnerability and risk-taking behaviour under 18's
  • Prevent young people becoming involved in violent crime
  • Ensuring compliance with Check 25, enhancing a responsible retail ethos within the specified geographical area
  • Reduce the proxy sale of alcohol to under 18s
  • Enhance alcohol awareness for young people and adults, including parents
  • Enhance diversionary activities for young people

We currently have two fully operational CAP's in the east of the county;

Burnley

This CAP is an established partnership group, operating for 4 years. It brings together local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers. They identify and target areas where there are issues related to alcohol and young people to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and harms to young people.

Hyndburn

Recently launched in February 2019, the partnership is working together to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. It works closely with Hyndburn's licensed premises to promote a responsible retailing approach.

Lancaster

Has been operating on a CAP + scheme. After its initial year of successful delivery, it is currently under review for 2020 activity to look at delivering on a wider footprint and identify new partners / stakeholders.

Skelmersdale

This is a new initiative and an action plan is currently being developed with identified partner agencies, local businesses and community members. Once this is complete there will be an official launch of the initiative.

How to set up a CAP in your area

If you are interested in establishing a CAP in your local area please contact the CAP North West Regional Adviser-  Jayne Boote (Community Alcohol Partnerships)

Useful documents