Child trafficking Keeping children safe
Children are trafficked into and within the UK. It’s a form of child abuse and it’s everyone's responsibility to be aware of the signs that a child may have been trafficked and know who to report concerns to.
Practice advice for professionals
Once a child has been identified as a victim of trafficking they need to be appropriately protected and supported. This may include:
- immediate emergency protection
- assessment of their needs
- a safe place to live
- therapeutic services
- witness support so they can testify against the traffickers
- help with regularising their immigration status or returning to their home country
- education and developing self-protection skills
Supporting children who have been trafficked
- use qualified interpreters to communicate with the child.
- use an interpreter who comes from the same country as the child. After their experiences a child may be wary of adults from their home country.
- use family members, friends or members of the public as interpreters.
Our Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) has produced a series of leaflets for professionals working in differents sectors:
- Stop child trafficking and slavery in its tracks (PDF)
- Advice for carers (PDF)
- Advice for education workers (PDF)
- Advice for frontline health professionals (PDF)
- Advice for health professionals who visit people at home (PDF)
- Advice for police (PDF)
- Advice for social workers (PDF)
- Advice for UK immigration officials and border force (PDF)
- Advice for youth justice practitioners (PDF).
They've also developed 3 booklets specifically for the ICARUS (Improving Coordination and Accountability towards Romanian Unaccompanied minors’ Safety) project. We are the UK partner of this European Commission-funded project to protect vulnerable children from Romania.
Being moved to the UK from another country can be confusing for children and young people. Our booklets helps children understand their experiences and rights in the UK. It explains terms like ‘refugee’, ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘trafficking’ and introduces the different people, places and processes that they might come across.
There are 2 booklets for children:
We have also produced a booklet of advice for professionals who are working to safeguard children who have been moved across borders from Romania to the UK. It covers how to respond to concerns that a child has been trafficked and what to consider when working with a child from Romania such as which agencies to contact.
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What we do about child trafficking
We've dealt with overof 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.
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