Hotel Watch helps in fight to prevent exploitation

30 Nov 2017
Hotel Watch logo

Hotels across all districts in Buckinghamshire are being encouraged by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and partners to support a scheme aimed at preventing child sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

Called Hotel Watch, the scheme has been going for some time, but a relaunch is focusing on raising awareness of the signs that may point towards abuse taking place with the 'SAY something if you SEE something' catchline.

All districts within the county (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe) are involved in the scheme - in partnership with Thames Valley Police.

Aylesbury Vale has a strong Hotel Watch membership, comprising of local hoteliers and proprietors that want to play their part in keeping a safe environment. Hotels and guest houses participating in the scheme display the distinctive Hotel Watch stickers

Councillor Angela Macpherson, AVDC’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Raising awareness about the potential for exploitation within the hotel environment is very important and increases the chances of preventing abuse of children and vulnerable people from happening. Through information sharing, educating around spotting the signs and informing staff and managers about the process of reporting, we can help to protect victims.”

Inspector Nikki Hemming, Aylesbury Vale Problem Solving Team, Thames Valley Police, said: “This initiative is key to protecting those who are vulnerable through exploitation. Thames Valley Police continues to work in partnership with the AVDC Community Safety team to ensure training is delivered to hotels across Buckinghamshire, and this is regularly scrutinised to ensure it works towards preventing child sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

“I welcome the relaunch, which encourages our communities to come forward and say something if they see something, giving us maximum opportunities to prevent and protect vulnerable persons.

If you have any information, this should be passed to Thames Valley Police on 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Further information on the Hotel Watch scheme can be found here: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/hotel-watch

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