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Child trafficking

Find out about child trafficking, key statistics, official guidance, and learning from practice


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.

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Research and statistics

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.

Read more about the statistics on child trafficking

Look our list of key research on child trafficking

Policy and guidance

The governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Europe set out guidelines for tackling and responding to child trafficking.

Learn about the policy and guidance on 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.

Find out more about CTAC

See our list of practice resources for professionals working to protect trafficked children

Contact the NSPCC's information service for more information on child trafficking or any child protection topic