A trafficked child’s immigration status all too often overshadows safeguarding and welfare considerations. Our research shows that children are frequently treated as offenders rather than victims of trafficking when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. Therefore, it is imperative that victims are identified immediately and have access to good quality legal advice and representation.

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Natalie Williams
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Still at risk - full report

Too many trafficked children are not being adequately protected by the agencies that are supposed to be supporting them. Our report, jointly produced with the Refugee Council and funded by the Home office, found that there have been some improvements with help for trafficked children. Yet far too many opportunities to protect them are being missed because of a culture of doubt and suspicion among professionals.

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September 2013
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