Trafficking

Baca have gained significant knowledge and experience in working with young people who have been trafficked or are at risk of trafficking. Baca advocates that child victims need dedicated specialist care that gives a secure and appropriate environment where they can learn how trust people again, recover and begin to rebuild their lives.

Figures from the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) gives a summary of the number of potential victims of modern slavery. In 2018, there were 6,985 potential victims referred to the NRM (a 36% increase from 2017), of whom 45% (3,128) were under 18.

Catherine Baker, Senior Research, Policy and Campaigns Officer at UK charity ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), recently spoke about trafficked and unaccompanied children in care “Too often vulnerable children requiring support are placed in unsafe accommodation, or have not been made to feel safe by those responsible for their care. Each one of these children deserves specialist support”. These young people our extremely vulnerable, they become even more vulnerable if they run away from care. In December 2018 ECPAT published a report called “Still in Harm’s Way”, a study on trafficked and unaccompanied children who are going missing from care in the UK. The report found that 24% of all identified or suspected victims of trafficking went missing from care (could add Baca statistic, but this would need to be regularly updated).

Baca are working hard to minimise the statistic of trafficked children going missing from care. Baca provides a 24/7 365 days On Call Service where we can pick up any young person who is newly arrived into the country from a referral from a Social Worker or from the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) and take them to a dedicated safe place where they can be assessed. Within Baca’s care model we have developed systems to help identify risk indicators of trafficking and provide holistic and tailored care for young people who are potential victims of trafficking.