Understanding child trafficking and the challenges for practice
In this clip, Paul Rigby talks about some recent work undertaken in Glasgow focused on the issue of child trafficking. Drawing on three reports, he highlights learning about the incidence in child trafficking among the population of 500 unaccompanied children referred to Glasgow social work, themes emerging from a study of professionals' experiences of working, and the findings of a more recent piece of work, due to be published, exploring the use of National Referral Mechanism.
He highlights the importance of locating work with children and young people who may have been trafficked within child protection procedures and practice. As trafficking transcends borders, he identifies a need for more international liaison as part of case enquiries and assessment of risks for children and young people. Learning from practice indicates a need to ensure that a multi-agency group is involved in make decisions about referral into the National Referral Mechanism, and that procedures are put in place to ensure that children are identifiable to agencies should they disappear and come into contact with agencies at a later stage.
Find out more about the research
- Paul Rigby (2009), Child trafficking in Glasgow: Report of a social work case file analysis of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, Glasgow Child Protection Committee
- Rigby, P. (2010) Child trafficking in Glasgow: The views of professionals, Glasgow Child Protection Committee.
- The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support
- Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations convention against transnational organized crime (the Palermo Protocol)
- Scottish Government (2010) Safeguarding children in Scotland who may have been trafficked.
A transcription of this recording is attached in Word format.
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