Safeguarding African Children from Trafficking in London and the South of England: An Independent Evaluation

This is an independent evaluation of AFRUCA’s “Safeguarding African Children from Trafficking in London and the South of England” which was recently published by the Charities Evaluation Services (CES). The evaluation chronicles AFRUCA’s work with African children/young people trafficked into the UK for various exploitative purposes for the past 3 years. Our work  in the course of the project has helped victims overcome their past traumatic experiences hereby giving them better outcomes and opportunities in life.

The project is currently funded by Comic Relief and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Summary of Findings

Between May 2012 and November 2014, AFRUCA supported 35 young people who had been trafficked to the UK from African countries. Services provided included one-to-one support (face-to-face and over the telephone) and therapeutic events, which brought young people together to socialise and share their experiences.

This evaluation has found a high level of satisfaction with AFRUCA’s support on the part of young people. They saw AFRUCA’s staff as caring and understanding. We found strong evidence that the following outcomes were occurring for young people:

  • increased access to appropriate support and services
  • obtain leave to remain in the UK
  • greater emotional resilience
  • greater self-esteem and confidence
  • better able to establish and maintain relationships.

We also found evidence that the following outcomes were occurring for some young people:

  • better able to communicate with service providers
  • better able to pursue legal cases against their traffickers
  • feel more able to trust other people more independent

Success factors linked to young people’s high satisfaction levels and outcomes were the delivery of a service responsive to the needs of young people, the skills of AFRUCA’s staff and the quality of support provided, and AFRUCA’s ability to refer young people on to other service providers.

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