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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A Trafficked Survivor | From Survival Mode to Survivor Care

“When a child or young person experiences frequent or prolonged stress, danger or abuse their brain anatomy and function alters to protect themselves by triggering a ‘survival mode’. ‘This can be observed in abused, traumatised and, trafficked children and why our survivor care is critical.” Lynne Chitty, Director of Care at Love146 UK is well-versed …

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Out Of Hours Support for Vulnerable Trafficked Children

Being a parent or a guardian is not a nine to five job. Especially, when you’re a carer giving out of hours support to vulnerable trafficked young people. Young trafficked survivors, like many children can require and need help 24/7, especially throughout lockdown. As recent shocking reports will tell you, the risk to young people’s …

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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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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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