23rd March 2017

Operation Makesafe – Working with local businesses to combat CSE

Makesafe is an initiative focused on ensuring that people working in the business sector are aware of the early warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Local and national evidence shows that CSE can take place in hotels, pubs, cafés and places licenced to sell alcohol. Taxis can also be used to transport young people who are then exploited.

We are working to make sure people employed in these environments are able to spot the warning signs and have the confidence to easily report their concerns.

CSE isn’t always easy to spot, but there are signs to look out for which could indicate that it is taking place. If you work in a local business and come across a situation that looks or feel suspicious, talk to your supervisor and contact the police quoting Operation Makesafe. Don’t ignore your gut feeling that something is not right. Say something if you see something.

A Hotel Toolkit was produced by Surrey Police, to give hoteliers and their staff information on a range of issues, and how to report any concerns (covering CSE, Domestic Abuse, Human Trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol to name a few…)

Further information and resources can be found on the Surrey Police website and the Surrey Community Safety website