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Bucks hoteliers urged to do more to protect kids from abuse

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4:45pm 24th November 2017
(Updated 5:41pm 24th November 2017)

Hoteliers in Bucks are being urged to do more to protect kids from sexual abuse on their premises.

Hotel Watch is being relaunched with the catch-line "SAY something if you SEE something".

There are already guidelines for hotel staff to follow from the NSPCC, but the joint Chiltern and South Bucks council initiative takes this advice further.

It also raises awareness of the potential of domestic violence in hotels and what people can do to stop it.

Cllr Liz Walsh, Chiltern District Council's Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities, said:

"The more we can raise awareness to the sort of exploitation that can happen in places like hotels, the greater chance we stand of preventing abuse. The signs are not always obvious, perpetrators of abuse can be very clever, but by working together, sharing information and experience, we can protect victims."

Cllr Paul Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities at South Bucks District Council, said:

"This scheme will enable us to help hotel partners increase their security. Prompt reporting of anything suspicious seen in hotels enables the authorities to act swiftly - and that can make all the difference to the life of a victim."

A spokesperson for Travelodge, whose HQ's in Thame said:

"At Travelodge we take our responsibilities towards protecting children and vulnerable young people extremely seriously. Along with other hotels within the hospitality industry, our hotel teams are trained based on current national guidelines from the NSPCC, The police and follow best practise based on the findings from Operation MakeSafe."

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