Looking after a young person who has been trafficked: a guide for social workers

British Association for Adoption and Fostering
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In recent years, the official UK response to trafficking has developed rapidly. Trafficking is defined as a form of exploitation in which people are tricked, enticed or forced into leaving their homes in order to be used for sexual abuse, labour exploitation and criminal activity. This guide attempts to explain what social workers need to know when a trafficked child or young person comes to the attention of social services, because they have been found, or have approached children’s services themselves, or made acclaim for asylum. It provides information on: trafficking within and into the UK, how children fall prey to traffickers, why young people may be trafficked and what happens to them once they are, the local authority’s legal duty towards trafficked children and what to do if starting to look after a child who may have been trafficked. Brief information on how to identify a child that may have been trafficked is also given. The guide is illustrated with case studies and quotations from young people who have been trafficked.

Subject terms:
human trafficking, law, local authorities, social workers, young people, child sexual abuse, children;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
ISBN print:
978 1 905664 74 0

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