Human trafficking strategy

On 19 July 2011, the government launched its new strategy on human trafficking, ‘Human trafficking: the government’s strategy’.

The 2011 strategy sets out a renewed focus on preventing human trafficking overseas, before the harm can reach the UK, while maintaining and improving care arrangements for adult victims at home.

The strategy takes a comprehensive approach to tackling trafficking. It:

  • confirms our commitment to improving victim care arrangements
  • focuses on disrupting trafficking networks before they reach the UK
  • establishes a basis for smarter multi-agency action at the border
  • aims to improve coordination of our law enforcement efforts in the UK
  • seeks to strengthen intelligence-gathering and -sharing through the new National Crime Agency
  • places emphasis on raising awareness of child trafficking and ensuring child victims are safeguarded and protected from re-trafficking

If you require a Welsh translation of the strategy documents, please email the Home Office.

'Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked'

This guidance delivers a key action in the human trafficking strategy in relation to child trafficking – raising awareness and aiding identification of victims at a local level.

The original practice guidance was issued as supplementary guidance to 'Working together to safeguard children' (2006).  It is now being updated to reflect a number of changes since the original publication, including the introduction of the national referral mechanism – the process for identifying trafficking victims that was introduced in 2009.

Issued jointly by the Department for Education and the Home Office, this updated guidance provides agencies with relevant information on child trafficking, seeking to raise awareness and ensure agencies are properly equipped to safeguard those who fall victim to this terrible crime. It also provides signposting to national agencies and areas of local effective practice that can provide support.

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