Operation Makesafe is a national initiative focused on making sure that people working in the business sector are aware of the early warning signs of child exploitation, and where necessary, alert police officers to intervene to stop any young person coming to harm.
Historically, Operation Makesafe was specific to child sexual exploitation (CSE) but now incorporates all forms of child exploitation, including sexual and criminal (CCE).
Local and national evidence shows that CSE can take place in hotels, pubs, cafes and places licensed to sell alcohol. We are working to make sure people working in those environments can spot the warning signs and have the confidence to report their concerns.
Child exploitation isn’t always easy to spot, but there are signs to look out for, so businesses are being provided with campaign posters and training to raise awareness among their customers and staff.
Herts call handlers have received specialist training to identify calls relating to child sexual exploitation and to provide the appropriate advice and response.
Don’t ignore your gut feeling that something isn’t right. Say something if you see something.