Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Thursday, May 18, 2023
Hotels and B&Bs across the county are being visited by undercover police officers accompanied by police cadets to test whether their staff would spot and report signs of potential child exploitation.
The work is part of a national initiative - Operation Makesafe - to help businesses spot and report signs that children and young people are being taken advantage of.
Despite the mixed results from the latest spot checks, 90% of businesses visited said they were aware of Op Makesafe and there were examples of good practice. More information about this can be found on the Essex Police news story.
Our webpages also contain further information around recognising child exploitation including links to a free e-learning package covering exploitation awareness.
If you have concerns regarding a child or young person, call Essex Police on 101 quoting Op Makesafe or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If a child is in immediate danger always call 999.