The Metropolitan Police has launched "Operation Makesafe", in partnership with London’s boroughs, to raise awareness of child exploitation in the business community, such as hotels, licensed premises, taxi companies, shops, and care homes.
Historically, Operation Makesafe was specific to child sexual exploitation (CSE) but now incorporates all forms of child exploitation, including sexual and criminal (CCE).
The Metropolitan Police say their purpose of "Operation Makesafe" is to empower businesses and organisations to tackle child exploitation through increased awareness and training.
The campaign aims to achieve the following:
Identify potential victims and ensure an effective safeguarding response.
To work together with businesses, to upskill staff and protect vulnerable children from exploitation.
Provide public reassurance and effective preventative measures.
Enhance public safety and confidence.
The campaign is designed to help business owners and their employees identify potential victims of child exploitation and, where necessary, alert police officers to intervene prior to any young person coming to harm.
Posters have been made available for download and print, which can be found on the Metropolitan Police website.