This page brings together some of the wide variety of resources that now exist to help professionals working with children who may have been trafficked, including guidance, research, training opportunities and signposts to other sources of information. If you are aware of any useful resources that we have not included here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Trafficking On-line training
This online training course is free and available to use now. It has been funded by Comic Relief. It has been developed by the charity organization Children Families Across Border [CFAB] in conjunction with INEQE and the Counter Human Trafficking Bureau.
This training module is intended for all staff who may come across trafficked children. It is designed for Social Workers, Police Officers, Teachers, School Support Staff, Housing Officers, Health Staff, Early Years Workers and NGO Staff.
This 'web app' has been designed for use on multiple platforms and consists of three modules, a reference page and tests. This link will take you direct to the Child Trafficking - Basics Course. However for a short demonstration on how to get the most from the course please click here first.
London cracks down on child trafficking
The London Safeguarding Children Board and Greater London Assembly held a joint event at City Hall on 1 November 2011, giving London an opportunity to take stock and consider what more needs to be done to raise awareness and further develop professional expertise in this area. Please follow the link below for a press release with further information on this event:
Safeguarding Trafficked Children Guidance, Toolkit and Monitoring Report
The London Safeguarding Children Board has launched a new set of guidance to help agencies identify and support children who have been trafficked, which is available to download below. The guidelines aim to support social workers, teachers, police, health workers and other professionals who may come into contact with suspected victims of trafficking, and have been piloted extensively in a number of local authorities across London and the UK over the past 18 months.
This guidance is linked to the London Safeguarding Trafficked Children Toolkit 2011 , which includes a number of additional tools to assist professionals in both assessing the needs of the child and the continuing risks that they may face, and referring their case to the competent authority:
The full child trafficking assessment form is currently being amended in line with recommendations from the monitoring report. In the meantime, the original form is available to download below:
Child trafficking assessment form (July 2009)
During the pilot process, a monitoring exercise was carried out by the London Safeguarding Children Board to identify ways in which the assessment framework in the toolkit facilitated or hindered the identification, assessment and support of trafficked children in the 12 pilot local authority areas. This exercise identified a number of examples of good practice and areas for further development, which have now been written up into the report below:
You can also download the press release which accompanied the launch of this work:
Sharing good practice
A number of local authorities and their LSCB partners produced guidance and tools to help implement the Safeguarding Trafficked Children Guidance in their area during the initial pilot phase. A selection of these documents are available to download below, and will be added to with additional resources as this work is rolled out more widely across London and the UK. If you are aware of any local work which could helpfully be included here, please email email@example.com.
Additional guidance on use of the risk assessment matrix (Harrow Council)
Agency specific indicators to help identify a trafficked child (Harrow Council)
Includes specific sections for the police, A&E, urgent care centres, GUM clinics, maternity units, health visitors, schools, trading standards and environment health
Hidden Children - separated children at risk
The report Hidden Children - separated children at risk is now available to download at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/hiddenchildren . Hidden Children is the result of a participatory research project with young migrants who have experienced exploitation or abuse in the UK and includes recommendations for practitioners and decision-makers based on the views of hidden children themselves. The findings and recommendations are relevant for anyone who works with young migrants or in migrant communities.
Reports and research
Trafficking in human beings and the 2006 World Cup in Germany (IOM, 2007)
A scoping project on child trafficking in the UK - CEOP (June 2007)
Child migration and trafficking to the UK - Met Police presentation (2007)
Cause for concern? London social services and child trafficking (ECPAT UK, 2004)
Missing out: a study of child trafficking in the North-West, North-East and West Midlands (ECPAT UK, 2007)
Paladin child - a partnership study of child migration to the UK via London Heathrow
Offering more than they borrow: refugee children in London
End child exploitation - stop the traffic (Unicef, 2003)
ECPAT UK have produced a freee-learning package around child trafficking, that can be used individually, in small groups or during training sessions. To use the e-tool you will need to register first via the link below.
If you cannot access the e-tool for any reason, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a CD-Rom version instead. A user guide is also available from the link below - this outlines the other main questions that you may have about using the e-tool.
ECPAT UK e-learning tool - user guide
Please also find link for CCPAS training resources