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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 March 2017.


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 the community.


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 (PPU)


Detective Inspector Anna Rice of the force’s Public Protection Unit said:



"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 risk.

“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 above, report it by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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