Safeguarding a Children centred approach

Ilona PinterThe Children’s Society is a leading charity concerned with helping all children and young people in the UK have the benefit of a good childhood. The organisation is committed to defending, safeguarding and protecting the most vulnerable children and young people across England and seeks to provide high quality, innovative services directly to children through our network of national programmes and services.

The Children’s Society supports thousands of children and young people each year through 59 projects delivering 173 services across England including advocacy, advice and support in accessing care, health services and education. This includes working with around 1, 500 refugee, migrant and trafficked children across England each year through eight specialist programmes. Over the past 15 years our work has developed according to the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, victims of child trafficking and families who experience detention, homelessness, destitution, and social exclusion as a result of the immigration and asylum system.

Throughout our history we have also championed the needs of children who run away or go missing from home or care, including child victims of trafficking. In June 2012 we supported a parliamentary inquiry into this issue which raised awareness and paved the way for important changes for children. More recently we were commissioned by the UK Home Office, together with the Refugee Council, to conduct research into the practical care arrangements for trafficked children. This report is entitled ‘Still at Risk: A review of support for trafficked children’.

Objective(s)

To present the findings from the ‘Still at Risk’ report on the support provided to trafficked children in the UK. The report, commissioned by the UK Home Office, reveals that, while some improvements have been made with helping trafficked children, too many opportunities to protect them are being missed because of a culture of doubt and suspicion among professionals. This culture of doubt has led some trafficked children to be punished rather than protected, causing some to be sent to adult prison or detention centres because of doubts over their real ages. Others have been placed in inappropriate housing such as hostels putting them at risk of going missing, and leaving them vulnerable to being re-trafficked and forced into further abuse. The study also looks at examples of good practice and areas where further work is needed.

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