Child Trafficking in Glasgow: The views of professionals

Following the first phase of work in Glasgow to investigate the prevalence of child trafficking amongst the unaccompanied asylum seeking children population, the present research was commissioned to identify the experiences of front line practitioners in working with children who have been trafficked. Sixteen professionals in Glasgow were interviewed to ascertain their perceptions and views of child trafficking. The multi-agency approach and commitment of front line staff were identified as positive aspects of work in the city, while four key themes were acknowledged as potential barriers to effective practice. 

The impact of trauma and fear experienced by trafficked children on their engagement with agencies; the challenges of identification, assessment and service delivery when information about children is invariably limited; relationships as a key factor in effective practice, including the recognition of a child’s relationship with traffickers; the importance of taking into account children’s cultural experiences and how these impact on notions of victimhood, exploitation, rehabilitation and support. The findings further highlight the complexities surrounding the protection of trafficked children.

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Child Trafficking in Glasgow: Report of a social work case file analysis of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children