Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking Across England

Child trafficking is a form of Modern Slavery. AFRUCA is recognised as a leading organisation working with victims of trafficking in the UK and is the only organisation to provide specialist support exclusively for victims of Black and African descent. We work with young Africans aged 12-25 who have been victims of child trafficking, and have supported over 500 children and young people since our inception. With our specialist knowledge and experience in the area of child trafficking, and links with African communities countrywide, we fill a vital gap in services. We understand key cultural issues that are drivers of modern slavery, and regularly provide awareness sessions and trainings to educate key stakeholders and communities on this horrific crime. We work holistically, from individual support to input into national policies, to prevent the trafficking and slavery of children and young people into the UK, protect their rights when here and promote their wellbeing moving forward.

WHAT WE DO

  • Dedicated Victim Support Workers provide emotional and practical support, and assist in navigating the legal and social service systems. They also provide a referral and signposting service aimed at helping clients access legal advice, health, education, housing, social care services and welfare benefits.
  • Regular opportunities for young people to come together and provide peer support, such as our Survivors Forum and Summer Residential Programme, which give young people an opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and work together to improve their self-esteem, confidence and skills.
  • Provide therapeutic services through our dedicated psychotherapists in London and Manchester, who provide one-to-one sessions to young people. We provide young people with a safe place to work towards resilience and empowerment.
  • Advocate on behalf of young victims for improved access to services and quality protection to prevent re-trafficking or further denial of rights. We work closely with crime prevention agencies, social services and legal experts in the investigation of cases, often acting as an expert witness in immigration and criminal cases.
  • Actively contribute to policies and best practices to counter human trafficking and protect victims. We regularly present at various national and regional conferences, and are members of key working groups.
  • Community engagement and awareness to help improve knowledge and understanding of human trafficking and how to help protect and identify victims. We work with Black and African communities to enhance understanding of trafficking in their communities, while also training statutory agencies on issues which affect victims.
  • We produce Country Expert reports requested by Statutory agencies and law courts in cases relating to Trafficking, Exploitation and Domestic Slavery.

 

OUR GOALS

  • Our clients have access to specialist services to support them, including mental health, support, legal, social and housing services.
  • Young people are empowered to take control of their lives and improve their confidence and self-esteem
  • Members of the African community have increased awareness of child trafficking, know the signs and be aware of how to report suspicions.
  • Agencies working with African victims of child trafficking are more aware of the culturally specific issues faced by African children and young people
  • Coordination with other agencies, NGOs and government to advocate for adequate protection and support available, and support the implementation of existing legislation.

Click to download AFRUCA Anti-Trafficking Referral form 2018

For more about our work on Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking Across England, see below;

Click to download our Training Brochure for Practitioners: 

Position Papers:

AFRUCA Paper on tackling Human trafficking and modern Slavery from Nigeria to Europe

Child Trafficking: Identification of Victims in Prisons and Criminalisation of Young People

Press Releases:

The US State Department Trafficking In Persons report 2017: Focus on Africa

AFRUCA Celebrates Anti-Slavery Day, Calls for Support for Victims

Publications:

What is Modern Slavery?

What is Modern Slavery? (Young People’s Version) – Coming Soon!

Support Services:

AFRUCA Therapeutic Services

Please contact the Anti-Trafficking team on 0207 704 2261/07864650819 (Emergency Contact) or email info@afruca.org for further information on our services or to discuss a referral. You can also download, complete and email the referral documents below if you are ready to make a referral for this service.