As we step into a new decade it’s a time when we voice our incentives for the future. Motivations to help you strive to build a positive future. An outlook trafficked young people in our care fight for every day. That’s why at Love146 UK we strive to give young people the support and guidance they need to build the better, brighter future they deserve.
We’re dedicated to continue making the progressive difference in a trafficked child’s life, thats why it’s important for us to evaluate our work, to ask ourselves, and the children and young people we serve;
What progress have we made to positively impact these children and young peoples’ lives’? And what more can we do?
Firstly, let’s look at the developments in the United Kingdom during the last decade, in tackling child trafficking.
We know since the Modern Slavery Act was introduced in 2015 there has been a significant increase in the number of trafficked victims identified;
In 2017, the number of children identified and reported to the National Referral Mechanism as potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, increased by 66% to 2,118 compared with 1,278 in 2016.
This doesn’t simply mean that trafficking has been on the rise, it also reflects stronger government laws, including the strategy around the “4Ps” Pursue, Protect, Prepare, and Prevent and growth of awareness in the community.
These are positive steps and have given strength to the Love146 UK movement resulting in more exploited young people being officially considered as trafficking victims. But, we still don’t know exactly how many children have been trafficked into or within the UK;
Trafficking can sometimes be a hidden crime, meaning that the many systems in place still struggle to identify victims, so recorded statistics are almost certainly under-estimated.
Policies can be a powerful catalyst for change but there’s still work to be done. So how are Love146 UK’s systems working to improve policy?
In order to tackle these issues, we work in close partnership with child care and government organisations. In this, we can build on improving current policy and create a stable future for trafficked young people.
A trafficked survivor story;
*“H was trafficked to the UK 2 years ago. She was safeguarded with a love146 UK specialist carer. H when aged 18 moved into a love146 UK specialist supported accommodation with wrap around support. H continued to flourish. H’s goal is to go to University and travel. She passed her exams at college and started a course that would lead her to realise her goal of going to university.”
This inspirational story demonstrates how our survivor care program has helped a child regain their humanity and can once again re-imagine their future but her journey is not over. As alas, due to complex government policy H’s fight continues;
Currently policy grants H humanitarian protection not refugee status, she is therefore appealing to gain refugee status.
This will ensure that she can continue on her journey and realise her goals with the reassurance that Love146 UK care workers are her constant.
So, what more can we do?
To make sustainable policy change Love146 UK needs to continue working alongside our partners and UK local authorities whilst reflecting on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In this, we can see how children are seen and treated. Giving them back their value and freedom, whatever that looks like for them.
Therefore, going into the next decade you can be assured that with our dedication, your support and the strength of the young people in our care we will take our movement forward. To continue our collaborative fight to end child trafficking. Nothing less.
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Sources: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
*Survivor named changed to protect identity