Children are Children First | A Holistic Approach to Age Assessments

What happens if a ‘child’s’ age is disputed? What can that really mean for a vulnerable child? Without access to a full independent guardian, which safeguards a young person’s best interest, asylum may be refused, and the child put in immigration detention and removed without ever having their age formally assessed, and as mentioned with …

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Children are Children First | A Holistic View to Age Assessments

As the European migration and refugee ‘crisis’ continues, more unaccompanied children are embarking on the dangerous journey to Europe. Therefore, it is critical that children are seen as children first. This existential humanitarian crisis continues to hold great difficulties for children and young people on their journey to freedom. For children who are alone or …

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Trafficking and Smuggling | Understanding the difference

So what really is the difference between trafficking and smuggling? And how can you tell? Yes, trafficking and smuggling are similar as they both involve the movement of people and are organised criminal activities. But we must be careful to not conflate the two. As this can have great consequences for the vulnerable and exploited, …

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The Asylum Seeking Process for Young Trafficked Survivors

If a young trafficked survivors’ life with their trafficker seems better than life back home, often the young people in our care cannot see it as exploitation. If they have a roof over their head and meals every day, for them this is good. This is what makes the threat of re-exploitation such a present …

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You Never Stop Fighting for Family | Hong’s Story

When you’re committed to someone, when someone is family there’s no hesitation if they need your support. You never stop fighting for family. Whether that’s a trip to the hospital, looking after the grandchildren, or a supporting shoulder when times are tough. You don’t deliberate. You just go. Nowadays, you message family members on the …

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Carers Through the Crisis | Survivor Care

Well before the COVID19 crisis, we could see that there were identifiable gaps in care where vulnerable young people are being consistently under-served, therefore as social workers, carers and as a charity we must continue our focus on advocacy, sustainable solutions and importantly, survivor care for young trafficked people. As we move through these times …

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Stay Safe Online | During the Cororavirus

We have all been taking serious steps to stay safe and prevent us from getting (or spreading) coronavirus, even though we barely leave the house. So naturally, we’re spending a lot more time online therefore, you need to stay safe online too. Especially, when hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching videos or even …

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Care Workers | Supporting Trafficked Survivors Through Coronavirus

Our care workers continue to provide a listening ear, an open heart and support for trafficked young people, whenever they need it. Throughout these difficult times our carers commitment doesn’t waver. In our second interview with carer, Tamera Curtis she tells us, how the corornavirus has affected the ‘normal’ day for her, as a care …

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Full Independent Guardianship | The Support System for Young Refugees

This is a time where we look to the values of the 1951 Refugee Convention and celebrate all humanity who fight for freedom. This agreement has afforded the vulnreable in our society safety, and acts as a guard to ensure that these values and rights are protected. But when we look to vulnerable children, young …

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