Operation Makesafe has been developed in partnership with London’s boroughs to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation in the business community, such as hotel groups, taxi companies and licensed premises. Following the success of the pilot run in the borough of Waltham Forest, Operation Makesafe has now been rolled out across all London boroughs.
The purpose of the campaign is to help business owners and their employees identify potential victims of child sexual exploitation and, where necessary, alert police officers to intervene prior to any young person coming to harm.
Businesses such as hotels, licensed premises and taxi companies are being provided with awareness training to help them recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation. They are directed to call 101, quoting ‘Operation Makesafe’, should they suspect suspicious behaviour or activity on their premises or in their vehicles.
These businesses are also being provided with campaign posters and training sheets (see below) to raise awareness amongst their customers and staff.
Met call handlers have received specialist training to identify calls relating to child sexual exploitation and provide the appropriate advice and police response.