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Trafficked children

Trafficked children are some of the most vulnerable in the UK

Traffickers force children into prostitution, slavery, criminal activities and forced marriage.

The children are moved to the UK from many parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia, West Africa and Eastern Europe. Some children are trafficked from one part of the UK to another.

Distressed girl sitting outdoors

Trafficked children are usually too afraid to seek help and it is hard to remove them from the people exploiting them. They need intensive support to escape their traffickers and recover from their experiences.

What we do to help

Barnardo’s is one of the few organisations in the UK providing direct, specialist support to trafficked children.

We run specialist Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA) services in London, Hampshire and Manchester that:

  • build trusting relationships with trafficked children, to help them get away from their traffickers
  • give practical support, such as help with housing, medical needs and education
  • give emotional and psychological support through counselling
  • train professionals working with children so they can spot the signs of trafficking and know how to support trafficked children

We also run a specialist fostering service in the southeast that finds safe and loving homes for trafficked children.

Find out more about the role of ICTAs.