Firms unite to tackle child sex ex­ploita­tion

Com­pa­nies sup­port day to help en­force zero tol­er­ance against abuse

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

To sup­port the day, on March 18, the po­lice and com­mu­nity safety team is launch­ing Ho­tel Watch – a scheme which aims to com­bat child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion (CSE) within ho­tels and B&Bs.

By link­ing with the busi­nesses, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties hope to tackle the CSE prob­lem more ef­fec­tively.

Ho­tel Watch in­for­ma­tion packs have been pro­vided to ho­tel own­ers ex- plain­ing the signs to watch out for and how they can act if they sus­pect CSE is hap­pen­ing on their premises.

Cur­rently, 44 lo­cal ho­tels and B&Bs have pledged their sup­port, in- clud­ing seven from Amer­sham, four from Che­sham and four from Bea­cons­field.

Neigh­bour­hood Sear­gent Stephen Box, based at Iver po­lice sta­tion, said: “Ad­dress­ing CSE is a pri­or­ity for Thames Val­ley Po­lice.

“Work­ing to­gether with part­ner agen­cies and lo­cal ho­tels and B&Bs in this way will help us to con­tinue tack­ling this and pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

“We are very pleased that the lo­cal ho­tel in­dus­try has been sup­port­ive and be­lieve this will be ben­e­fi­cial to ev­ery­one involved, as well as to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

On top of this, March 18 is also be­ing known as Help­ing Hands Day, as mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing en­cour­aged to write a per­sonal pledge on their hands to show sup­port for pre­vent­ing CSE.

Of­fi­cers from the Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil and South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil com­mu­nity safety team will be out with Thames Val­ley Po­lice help­ing to raise aware- ness of the Help­ing Hands cam­paign.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for the com­mu­nity, Cllr Gra­ham Har­ris, said ev­ery­one should get involved to unite against CSE.

“Child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion is in­sid­i­ous. It wrecks young lives and de­stroys trust,” he said.

“Pre­vent­ing it hap­pen­ing is ev­ery­one’s re­spon- sibil­ity and know­ing how you can re­port sus­pi­cious in­ci­dents is im­por­tant in pre­ven­tion.

“There­fore, I urge ev­ery­one to make a pledge on March 18.”

The com­mu­nity safety teams will be at Sains­bury’s in Taplow on Fri­day March 17 from 11am un­til 2pm, en­cour­ag­ing shoppers to take the pledge.

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