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Operation Henderson - Safeguarding Vulnerable Children on Public Transport

Last updated by on Wednesday, April 20, 2022

A partnership campaign called Operation Henderson will be running on Tuesday 26 April to raise awareness of child exploitation at stations and transport networks in Essex. 


Local outreach workers and community police will be engaging with passengers, businesses and young people at train and bus stations along identified key routes in Essex, raising awareness about signs of exploitation and where to report concerns.


As well as members of the public, all staff working within and around a station, from ticket collectors to engineers, coffee shop workers to cleaners, play an important role in safeguarding vulnerable young people.


Concerns about child exploitation can be reported to the Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If there are concerns about suspicious activity in the train station grounds the British Transport Police text line number can also be used 61016. Staff should contact 999 if they see anyone at the station who appears to be having a mental health crisis.