When partying, young people could take or be exposed to a multitude of risks:
- consumption of legal and illegal substances
- unprotected and\or unwanted sexual relations
- hearing damages problems related to road safety etc.
These risks can lead to health problems, crisis situations, road accidents and possible HIV and HCV contaminations.
Safer nightlife labels and charters are global health promotion tools insuring a high quality standard among nightlife venues.A safer nightlife label is developped to reward a club complying with official standards of quality and to indicate to consumers the quality of the service provided. A safer nightlife charter is an official document signed by clubs, party organizers, cities and NGO's recognizing common objectives and specifying commitments to improve health and security in clubs and parties.
Safer nightlife labels and charters are based on strong cooperations between policy makers and administrations at city or regional level, club owners and party organizers, health NGO's, partygoers, police force, etc. In each community, there will be variations in the nightlife regulation, the settings of the venues and the risks taken by the partygoers, but labels and charters can reduce these risks by implementing standards such as:
- Accessibility to health promotion material and information (examples: leaflets, condoms, ear plugs)
- Improvement in the infrastructure to reduce risks such as dehydration (example: access to free fresh water)
- The training of the parties professionals (examples: first-aid, information about drugs or law, non-violent communication, noise pollution, etc.)
Quality Nights is a health promotion label which aims at reducing risks pertaining to nightlife scenes. How? By improving nightlife settings, such as the way clubbers are welcomed into the venues but also by providing them information, advices and material to reduce risks. Quality Nights clubs and events engage themselves to provide services like: free water, free earplugs, cheap or free condoms, leaflets about health information, messages from the early warning system.
Partygoers as well as the parties venue management have both responsibilities in keeping the event safe.
All the partygoers between 16 and 45 years old, male and female.
Quality Nights works with the nightlife professionals to provide the different health services to the public.
Quality nights is based on the healthy settings approach. In order to protect young people's health, a variety of harm reduction interventions can be implemented, often focusing on the direct effects of substance use. However, the risk to health posed by substances is also related to the nightlife environmental in which they are used. A healthy settings approach to nightclubs allows environmental issues and substance use to be tackled together. Consequently, a wider range of individuals and organisations feel capable of participating in the risk reduction process.
- Training sessions
- Average number of services provided in venues
- Online activities (website, facebook)
- Number of clubs and events labelised in Quality nights
- Numbers of visitors in QN venues
- Satisfaction about Quality nights from club owners & event organisers
- Satisfaction about QN from party people
- The use of different QN services
More than 70 venues all over Belgium and 4 in France are labelised under Quality Nights. These venues are visited by more than 1 million revellers per year. In avarage 11 health services are provided to the public. Trainings have been evaluated very well. Satisfaction from club manare and event promotors is high. Most revellers are happy with the QN services that are provided to protect their health.
Ensure enough time to develop the intervention. Involve different stakeholders from the very beginning. Keep control about the implementation.
The results from the flemisch part can be found here: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/4605673-quality-nights-resultaten-2014 The results of the Frech part can be found here: http://educationsante.be/media/filer_public/32/09/3209aaa9-fc5c-4e81-943...
Last update: April 2016