Child Trafficking

Course Outline

Child trafficking is a form of child abuse. In trafficking, children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

There are a number of reasons why Children are trafficked including:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • benefit fraud
  • forced marriage
  • domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
  • forced labour in factories or agriculture
  • criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs, bag theft.

Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.

This training will support staff working with vulnerable children and young people to raise awareness of child trafficking, to enable them to understand what trafficking is and how it impacts upon children and young people.

The training will help workers to identify and understand the risks to children who have been trafficked and how to protect these most vulnerable young people. It will help improve their ability to identify a child who may have been trafficked and their ability to react quickly and effectively when presented with a child who has been trafficked.


Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at social work practitioners and children’s social care professionals in multi-agency and private, voluntary and independent sector settings.

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

On completion of the course, delegates will:

  • Understand the definition of trafficking and how this differs from smuggling
  • Understand the impact on children who are trafficked and that trafficking is a process not an event
  • Be able to identify a child who may have been trafficked, taking into account both risks and protective factors
  • Know how to keep a child safe if you suspect they are being trafficked
  • Know the appropriate agency to refer a child to who you suspect might be a victim of trafficking
  • Understand the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and what are ‘reasonable’ grounds for referral
  • Know how to operate within PCC’s protocols with regard to trafficked children
  • Understand the stages of safety planning and safety management and confidence in applying the interventions to reduce risk ,removing young people from safety plans


“The trainer’s feedback constantly receives the highest ratings with delegates’ understanding of such complex subjects greatly enhanced.”

(Learning & Development Manager, Midlands)


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