Child modern slavery

Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK) and the University of Nottingham Rights Lab have published new research investigating child modern slavery in the UK. The research analyses initiatives supporting the prevention and early identification of children experiencing or at risk of modern slavery in the United Kingdom from 2015 to 2023. Findings highlight: the critical role of local authorities as first responders in cases of child modern slavery; risk factors associated with child modern slavery for children in care; and a need for a comprehensive and overarching child exploitation strategy that addresses the gaps in existing legislation. The report calls for the Home Office to ensure that immigration enforcement functions do not increase the risk of modern slavery for children and young people.

Read the report: New research reveals the alarming reality of child modern slavery in the UK and calls for urgent action to protect children

Source: ECPAT UK, University of Nottingham Rights Lab

Date: 30 January 2024

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