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NSPCC National Child Trafficking Advice and Information Line (CTAIL)

The Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) provides free guidance and training to professionals concerned that a child or young person has been or is about to be trafficked into or out of the UK. We:

  • give advice by telephone and email to professionals
  • co-ordinate multi-agency responses, focused on protecting the child
  • deliver training and awareness-raising presentations in the UK and across the world
  • attend child protection meetings and produce child trafficking reports for courts
  • are a first responder for child referrals into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive appropriate care

Providing specialist advice and knowledge

We provide advice to professionals and advocates where children are being moved across borders and there are safeguarding concerns for trafficking. 

We help employees working for organisations with safeguarding responsibilities who come into contact with children who may have been trafficked – such as UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI).

And we carry out training and share practice in countries that children are trafficked from to the UK.

We also have specialist knowledge about child social welfare laws and guidance, immigration legislation and policy changes and trafficking case law.

Through our cases and work with young people, we’ve developed expertise which we apply to our work and use to help others. This not only includes detailed knowledge about the ways children are trafficked but also about disclosures.

It’s always difficult for children and young people to tell someone about abuse, but foreign national children who have been trafficked can face extra difficulties – they may be alone, speak a different language or simply not know where to get help and support.

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Last updated on 20/12/2019
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