Still at risk: A review of support for trafficked children
There is a real lack of research in the area of child trafficking that explores areas such as:
- The experiences of the children and young people
- The extent of this issue
- The ways in which child trafficking can be prevented
- The ways in which trafficked children and young people can be supported.
So, earlier this year, the Home Office commissioned us, along with the Refugee Council, to undertake a scoping review of the practical care arrangements for trafficked children and those who may have been trafficked.
Still at risk draws together existing information and uses new evidence gathered from children and other key stakeholders. It focuses on the following themes:
- Discovery and identification of trafficked children
- Trafficked children going missing
- Use of current guidance and multi-agency working
- Support for trafficked children
- Transition to adult services/adulthood and independence
- The child’s understanding of the process
- Training and awareness of trafficked children.
The report reveals the range of negative and damaging experiences that the young people we interviewed had gone through. It goes on to conclude that there is a need for a fundamental and rapid change in support services and in broader systems.