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NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC)

Information and advice for professionals on child trafficking

CTAC is a specialist service providing information and advice to any professional working with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK.

How to contact CTAC
What happens when you call CTAC? and other FAQs
CTAC leaflets
CTAC and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
CTAC's participation group
CTAC responses to calls for evidence
CTAC in Northern Ireland
Information about child trafficking


How to contact CTAC

If you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, without delay.

If you work with a child who may have been trafficked into the UK you can contact the NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) for specialist advice and information on 0808 800 5000 Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Members of the public can contact the NSPCC to discuss concerns with one of our counsellors.


What happens when you call CTAC? and other FAQs

To find out how the NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) supports professionals, what types of calls we receive and what happens after you contact us, read our frequently asked questions about CTAC.


CTAC leaflets

Our series of leaflets aims to raise awareness of child trafficking and provide information and advice to help professionals identify and respond to a child who may have been trafficked.

Child trafficking is child abuse (PDF, 620KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for all professionals explaining the reasons that children are trafficked and CTAC's work.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for education workers (PDF, 628KB) - NEW!
Leaflet for teachers and school staff on when they may come into contact with a trafficked child, the signs that a child may have been trafficked and how to respond to concerns.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for UK immigration officials (PDF, 212KB)
Leaflet for immigration officials on children being trafficked into the UK. Includes risk indicators and questions to consider asking to help identify a trafficked child and how to respond to concerns.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for A&E department and walk-in clinic staff (PDF, 637KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for accident and emergency (A&E) and walk-in clinic staff covering the signs that a child may have been trafficked and offering advice on how to respond to concerns.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for social workers (PDF, 626KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for social workers offering advice on what to do if there are concerns that a child has been trafficked.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for health visitors (PDF, 627KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for health visitors covering the signs that a child may have been trafficked and offering advice on how to respond to concerns.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for police (PDF, 628KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for police. Sets out the difficulties of identifying a trafficked child and what to do if you are concerned a child has been trafficked.

Stop child trafficking in its tracks: advice for youth offending practitioners (PDF, 628KB) - UPDATED!
Leaflet for youth offending practitioners covering the signs that a child may have been trafficked and offering advice on how to respond to concerns.


CTAC and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)

CTAC is a first responder meaning we can refer a child into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK process for identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. Find out more about the National Referral Mechanism or contact CTAC to refer a child to the NRM.


CTAC's participation group

CTAC works closely with a group of young people who were trafficked into the UK. The young people support CTAC in a variety of ways including:

  • delivering training and presentations
  • giving advice, information and recommendations based on their experiences with professionals to help inform CTAC’s practice
  • being consulted on policy and research
  • giving interviews for media and academic research
  • working alongside social workers meeting new young people.

Artwork exhibition
Members of CTAC’s young person’s advisory group have produced an art exhibition “The Art of Trafficking” which is available to loan.

This is a collection of images detailing their journey and experiences of trafficking. If you would like to display this artwork at your venue, or at an event to raise awareness of trafficking, please contact CTAC.


CTAC responses to calls for evidence

NSPCC written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into the human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK (PDF, 132KB)
October 2012

NSPCC response to All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults (PDF, 519KB)
April 2012


CTAC in Northern Ireland

A Memorandum of Understanding between the NSPCC’s National Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSB) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) (PDF, 148KB)
Sets out how the HSB for Northern Ireland and the PSNI will seek to raise awareness of the role and work of the NSPCC’s CTAC service for professionals who come into contact with children and young people who may have been trafficked or are at risk of being trafficked.


Child trafficking

For information on what child trafficking is, how to identify a trafficked child, news and current developments on research, policy and practice, key publications, legislation and procedures, visit our child trafficking topic page.


Contact the NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) for specialist advice and information on child trafficking