We must work together to prevent child trafficking

Child Trafficking Advice Centre is working with Vietnam, Nigeria and Romania to help stop vulnerable children from being trafficked into the UK. 

girl looking sadThousands of vulnerable children and young people are trafficked into the UK every year. They are brought into this country by adult perpetrators to be exploited in different ways – including criminally and sexually.

In a bid to prevent this horrendous abuse from happening, we at the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) have been working with 3 of the countries from which children are predominately trafficked into the UK; Vietnam, Nigeria and now Romania. We are working to help stop children being abused in this way by putting a major emphasis on how agencies (such as children’s services, police, visa and immigration officials) work together on both sides of the borders.

We recognise that working together is crucial in preventing, investigating and protecting children from harm.

This is why we took an important step to be the UK partner with Terres De Homme Romania on a European commission funded project called Improving Coordination and Accountability towards Romanian Unaccompanied minors’ Safety, ICARUS. The project aims for UK and Romanian social workers, police and border officials to work together and share knowledge and information to ensure that vulnerable children from Romania are identified, that assessments and investigations are carried out and appropriate plans made.

We know that children trafficked to the UK often experience the most traumatic physical, sexual and emotional violence. Their adult traffickers often make money through subjecting these young people to forced labour and crime. This is sadly often explained to a young person as a way for them to pay off a debt they or their family 'owe' to the traffickers.

What is CTAC?

We're a multidisciplinary team of qualified social workers and a police officer seconded from the National Crime Agency (NCA).

We're all accredited child protection trainers, OISE Immigration level 1 trained and have experience in both statutory and international work. The CTAC team has a range of other qualifications including international social work and refugee studies, women and child abuse, counselling skills, teaching, theology and psychosocial sciences.


We've dealt with over 1,300 cases of child trafficking since 2007

Explanation: Between November 2007 and October 2015 the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) dealt with 1,323 cases of 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. Find out more about our Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC).

See also Indicator 19 in How safe are our children? 2016.

Improving Cross Border Collaboration event

We need to stop this form of child abuse. This is why this Romanian project, running until October 2015, is so important. The project includes a range of activities in Romania, Hungary and the UK. These include our free Safeguarding and Improving Cross border Collaboration training events for social workers, the police and border control officials. These events run in London and Leicester on the 8th and 9th of September respectively. The training aims to give professionals an opportunity to learn about the systems in Romania and how to better work with international colleagues to safeguard Romanian children.

The event will cover two key themes in detail:

  1. What we know about Romanian children in the UK – data , trends, key issues and factors which make children particularly vulnerable to being trafficked

  2. Sharing an innovative model to improve cross border collaboration, to supplement existing systems of assessing children on the move and at risk of trafficking

Email ctac@nspcc.org.uk now to request more information about either of the events. 

Book now

Our free Safeguarding and Improving Cross border Collaboration training events are for social workers, police and border control staff. It’s vital that we work together to safeguard children at risk of trafficking.

To ensure a place please email ctac@nspcc.org.uk to request more information.

More information

www.hub-icarus.eu is a website where professionals such as social workers and police can find out more information about safeguarding Romanian children and child trafficking in general.

For more information on the new project or for help and advice you can contact CTAC by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing help@nspcc.org.uk. Or visit the website at: nspcc.org.uk/ctac

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Lam's story

Lam talks about how his desire to find employment in the UK was exploited by child traffickers, and how CTAC helped him.
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Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC)

If you're worried that a young person may be a victim of trafficking, contact us for free advice and support.
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Child trafficking

Child trafficking is a type of abuse where children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. 
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