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Barnardo’s welcomes 2m extension of ICTA scheme to support trafficked children

Release Date: 30 Jul 2018

Barnardo’s welcomed the announcement by the Home Office of a 2m extension of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTAs) scheme, which works with trafficked children to ensure their best interests are met in any decision making by the public authorities involved in their care.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

We’re pleased more children are set to benefit from Barnardo’s Independent Child Trafficking Advocates Service and that the Home Office has recognised the different needs of children trafficked within the UK and from abroad.

We know first-hand how vital this work is to help children to recover from the exploitation and trauma they have experienced.

The extension and expansion of the ICTA service will enable us to support and protect more vulnerable children trafficked to the UK. It will also allow us to upskill professionals working with children living in the UK to understand vulnerabilities around trafficking and the risks to internally trafficked children.

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