Refugees and Asylum Seekers | Understanding the Difference

Migration and Immigration is the ‘hot topic’ of the moment. And one group caught up in the rhetoric are refugees and asylum seekers. Often asylum seekers and refugees get included in this debate, especially in the media but for the wrong reasons. That’s why we need you to know the facts, not the fear. The …

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Age of Doubt | Claiming Asylum in the UK

There’s a rather dismal picture emerging about how the Home Office is conducting itself, namely over the issue of assessing the age of young people arriving in the UK and claiming asylum. Whilst having apparently committed itself to a concerted approach with Local Authorities and other stakeholders a mere 6 years ago (or just four …

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The Unemployment Issue for Vulnerable Young People

A key to preventing trafficking is knowing that traffickers use young people’s vulnerabilities to target their victims. There are many forces and situations that cause vulnerability in a child’s life, and the increasing unemployment issue for vulnerable young people, is a growing concern. As part of our prevention services we consistently address the facts and …

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Making the Difference | A Support Worker for Vulnerable Young People

When you think about the role of a support worker you may imagine the carer helping a young person to find a place of safety, to budget and to navigate their way around a new city. It is all those things and more. We are working in the complex and challenging area of child trafficking, …

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How Purposeful Business Leaders Can Help Fight Child Trafficking?

Charities and businesses are coming together, throughout this challenging year. Adapting and creating positive ways to support each other. As the ‘new normal’ has yet to be fully understood, one certainty is that we must continue to work together, strengthening our new networks across organisations and working with ‘Purposeful Business Leaders’. …And businesses and Purposeful Business Leaders …

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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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