The Home Office has published the third and fourth interim reports from the Modern Slavery Act 2015 review. The third interim report looks at the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA) scheme in England and Wales. Recommendations about the scheme, which provides children with an advocate to ensure their voices are taken into account in all decisions made about them, include: the service should be extended to young people up to the age of 21 or 25 depending on their circumstances; cases of children that go missing should be kept open and discussed; the service should help train authorities in a consistent approach to age assessment; and the full roll out of the service across England and Wales should take place as soon as possible. The fourth interim report looks at the legal application of the Act. Recommendations include: the Act should be amended to make it clearer that a child is not able to consent to any element of their trafficking.
Source: Gov.uk Date: 21 March 2019
Further information: Independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: third interim report (PDF)