Introduction to Pubwatch
National Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation set up to promote best practice through supporting the work of local Pubwatch Schemes. Its aim is to achieve a safer drinking environment in all licensed premises throughout the UK. Pubwatch is something that all staff need to be aware of and be ready to implement if the venue they are working is a member of it. It is a national organisation, run locally and differs from area to area, but at its core is the idea of discouraging antisocial behaviour and all businesses working together collectively together to achieve this.
The Pubwatch Committee
Each area has its own Pubwatch has its own committee and subsequent Pubwatch "Ban List". The consequences for those who do not behave accordingly is that if an individual is on Pubwatch then as a result they are not allowed in any of the premises who are a member of that particular Pubwatch committee.
The "Banning List"
Before you start shift at a venue you need to view and familiarise yourself with the Pubwatch banning list. This is a confidential, and you are not allowed to disclose anything in it or show it to any member of the public. Individuals on the Pubwatch list are usually aware they are on there as they will have received a letter stating so, and how long the ban is for.
Breach of Pubwatch Ban
If an individual on Pubwatch has entered or attempts to enter a premises where the Pubwatch ban is applicable then this needs to be logged. A breach or attempted breach of an imposed ban may result in additional time being added to the original ban length.
These refer to individual bans from premises that are not part of the wider collective Pubwatch ban. It may be that an individual has behaved inappropriately, but rather than take it before the Pubwatch committee, the DPS has decided the most appropriate course of action would be an individual house ban that just prevents the individual from entering their premises. Anyone can be put on a house ban, and a reason does not have to be given.
Videos to Demonstrate Pubwatch
There are two video's below that show how Pubwatch works. The first video explains how the Pubwatch ban is imposed and works. The second video hjighlights the responsibilitis of all staff to ensure that drinks are not bought by or on behalf of an indiuvidual who is considered to be too drunk.