Join us in the fight against child sexual exploitation (CSE)
The City of London Police is calling on everyone to join the fight against
child sexual exploitation as part of
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day on Saturday 18
Everyone shares the responsibility to safeguard and protect children – and
the City of London Police is committed to tackling child sexual
exploitation (CSE) in all its forms. We take all reports of suspicious
activity with children seriously and encourage reports from all aspects of
What is child sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves
situations and relationships where young people receive ‘something’ such as
food, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money, as a result of them performing, and/or
others performing on them, sexual activities.
CSE can also occur through the use of technology without the child’s
immediate recognition, such as being persuaded to post sexual images on the
internet without immediate payment and gain – also known as grooming.
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day aims to
highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging
everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero
tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.
Previous National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Days have
seen hundreds of events take place across the UK, ranging from poster and
leaflet displays to whole authorities embarking on targeted campaigns
across public services and shopping centres.
What are we doing about it - Operation Makesafe
The City of London Police has joined forces with our neighbouring
Metropolitan Police boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney in order to
inform, educate and prevent this form of child sexual abuse to businesses
in our local areas.
‘Operation Makesafe’, launched in 2015,
highlights the responsibilities of the community to report any concerns of
CSE. Operation Makesafe will seek to raise awareness within the
hospitality, transport and licensed premises trades around the possible
warning signs to look out for when coming into contact with young people
they believe may be at risk of sexual exploitation.
This year during CSE week we will be visiting hotels and licensed premises
with material to promote Op Makesafe within their organisations and
offering training to their staff on signs to look out for, and how to
respond if they suspect a child is at risk.
If any organisation within the City of London is interested in receiving
training, please contact the City of London Police Public Protection Unit
Detective Inspector Anna Rice of the force’s Public Protection Unit
"We all have a role to play in keeping children and young people safe from
sexual exploitation. We are working with businesses and communities in the
Square Mile to raise awareness of this terrible crime and We hope that by
working together we can identify, protect and safeguard those who may be at
“Together, we can create a better future for so many vulnerable children
and young adults.”
If you have any concerns that a child you know may be a victim of Child
Sexual Exploitation, or you have seen any suspicious behaviour as detailed
report it by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111
. In an emergency always dial 999.