Disjointed Service: An English Case Study of Multi-Agency Provision in Tackling Child Trafficking

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-513
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number3
Early online date28 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
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This paper examines the issue of child trafficking in the United Kingdom and of multi-agency responses in tackling it. The UK, as a signatory to the recent trafficking protocols, is required to implement measures to identify and support potential victims of trafficking - via the National Referral Mechanism. Effective support for child victims is reliant on cooperation between agencies. Our regional case-study contends that fragmented agency understandings of protocols and disjointed partnership approaches in service delivery means the trafficking of vulnerable children continues across the region. This paper asserts that child-trafficking in the UK, previously viewed as an isolated localised phenomenon, maybe far more widespread, revealing deficiencies in child protection services for vulnerable children.

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