'Identification and Protection of Trafficked Children' Training Delivered By our TRC
The Trauma Recovery Centre writes: On Friday 26th October over 80 professionals from Bath, Bristol, North Somerset and beyond received free training on how to better identify and protect victims of child trafficking. The training was hosted by Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC) at their therapy centre in Bath who, through The Treehouse Project, provide after care support to children and young people who have been trafficked into and within the UK.
Betsy de Thierry, director of TRC, says "We wanted to host this training to improve responses to child trafficking within front line services. At a time when budgets are tight we were really pleased to secure funding that enabled us to offer this training free of charge'.
Over 80 professionals from health, social care, police, HMP service, education and NGOs attended the day. Training was given by Philip Ishola who led the Harrow Children Services counter trafficking response and created the impetus for developing the Trafficked Children Toolkit, which provides tools to aid in identification and protection of child trafficking victims.
In the afternoon session attendees split into groups to discuss two key questions, ‘how would they be able to identify that a child had been trafficked?’ and ‘what do they need to be better able to protect trafficked children?’
Feedback from the groups showed common themes, including improved inter-agency communication and more training. One attendee commented that she thought more training days were needed as many ‘first responders’ didn’t have the tools and knowledge that they needed to correctly identify and help victims of child trafficking.
Human trafficking is a growing problem with government figures released recently showing that human trafficking into the UK is increasing. Children and young people are trafficked for a variety of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour and cannabis cultivation.
The TRC hold regular training days including training on trauma and the effects on children and further training is being delivered by Philip Ishola on 17th May 2013 on the protection of child trafficking victims. Betsy de Thierry said “we were really pleased with the success of the day and the great response to the training. The feedback from attendees was that the training was very valuable and that they gained knowledge and tools to enable them to better help victims of trafficking”.For information on training courses hosted by Trauma Recovery Centre Click Here.
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END 29th October 2012