Still At Risk: A review of support for trafficked children

This report produced by The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council presents the findings from a short, small scale Home Office funded scoping review of the practical care and safeguarding arrangements for trafficked children, and those who may have been trafficked, who are in the local authority care system. Specifically the aims of the review were to:

  1. Assess the experiences of children identified as trafficked or suspected trafficked and accommodated in local authority care;
  2. Assess mechanisms in place to support trafficked or suspected trafficked children and the role of social workers, Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) and other professionals mapped as having had contact with the child in providing and accessing care appropriate for them;
  3. Assess the multi-agency response in the context of best practice in child protection and safeguarding as set out in the Home Office/Department for Education – Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked Guidance; and
  4. Identify good practice and areas for improvements. 

For the purposes of this scoping review, the agreed definition of trafficked children is children who have been trafficked, and are now outside their country of origin.