Child trafficking is the recruitment and movement of children for the purpose of exploitation. It is a form of child abuse and requires a child protection response.
Our introduction on child trafficking presents what we know about child trafficking, how prevalent it is, the causes and effects, what can be done to treat victims, and how it can be prevented.
The hidden nature of child trafficking makes comprehensive research and statistics difficult.
In 2012, 372 children were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) as potential victims of trafficking.
The governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Europe set out guidelines for tackling and responding to child trafficking.
The NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) provides information and advice to any professionals working with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK.