Pete Gomm, Police CSE Coordinator, Helen Matthews of CYP First, Lisa Robinson, CSE Coordinator for Bedfordshire and Andy Thompson of CYP First Image: Supplied by Bedfordshire Police

Hotels can be used as locations to meet and groom children

More than 60 Bedfordshire hoteliers attended a training conference on Thursday (21 March) to learn how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and how to take action.

Hosted by Bedfordshire Police, Luton Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council, the event was designed for hotel employees in public facing roles.

Hotels can be used as locations to meet and groom children, so the event was to increase the hoteliers’ awareness of understanding CSE, knowing the signs to look for and know how to report any concerns.

Pete Gomm, Bedfordshire Police’s CSE Co-ordinator said:

“This training, targeted for hoteliers, looks to give confidence to managers and other employees to be able to identify any concerns, and to advise them on how they can respond to such concerns with police support.

“This is the second event we have held, after we had such great feedback from last year’s training.”

Operation Makesafe is a police initiative, supported by partners and the hotel industry. The aim is to identify potential victims and the perpetrators of CSE in public places, such as hotels, licensed premises, fast food outlets and taxi services, and where necessary, deploy officers to intervene and safeguard children before any harm or abuse occurs.

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