We have reflected on the needs in the UK and Europe. As a result of our research with the Centre for Crime & Justice at the University of Stirling,
we are developing strategies, partnerships and programmes that will significantly reduce the number of children being trafficked into Europe
and restore those that have already been trafficked and exploited. These are a few of our current UK/Europe efforts:
Working Toward Survivor Care
In 2011 we presented to Parliament both our model of survior care for exploited children and our Freedom of Information research findings. Working with Peter Bone MP we gained information from UK local authorities to understand factual data and reporting relating to child trafficking here on our doorstep. The results contributed to a national debate and unearthed the reality that many children rescued by the police are being re-trafficked from local authority care almost immediately.
There is a tremendous need to rescue and restore children and young adults that have been subject to trafficking in the UK and Europe. In response to this need we launched a review, in partnership with the Centre for Crime & Justice Research at the University of Stirling, to examine the most effective models of care and support for children who arrive in the UK and are identified as trafficked. The publication of this new review strengthens our case for the creation of safehomes providing therapeutic services, education and a safe and loving environment for restoration. But it also clearly shows we need research running alongside any new safehome to help us understand what really works and what doesn't.
Love146 is a practitioner based charity with ongoing research around the world. Given the report's findings we're thoughtfully examining how to bring the Love146 model of Survivor Care into the UK in partnership with others. But before we share the details there are a few exciting elements that are coming into place. In particular there's a key project we're working on with the Centre for Social Justice - an in-depth policy review to identify how the UK is reacting to the number of slaves kept within its borders. One of the report's aims is to develop an implementation strategy to enable the UK to be the benchmark for anti-slavery practice in Europe and the world.
So we look forward to sharing shortly how Love146 Europe, in partnership with other UK charities, will help be a part of this benchmark with new UK safehome projects for trafficked and exploited children.restoration. Download the completed review - 'A Report on Child Trafficking and Care Provision: Towards Better Survivor Care'.
Prevention Education in Moldova
Escape is a glossy youth culture magazine we have developed with our partners in Moldova – Beginning of Life. The magazine is published every two months, to keep at-risk youth instep with the ever-changing strategies employed by traffickers. It also addresses underlying cultural issues of domestic violence, gender inequality and economic push factors, which make young people susceptible to exploitation or even becoming exploiters. With eleven editions in print and more in the pipeline, we have already achieved an estimated readership of 100,000 young people. The magazine has also received accreditation as an official teaching resource by the Moldovan Government’s Ministry of Education.
Prevention Education & Professional Training in the UK
Love146 is partnering with the National Working Group on Sexually Exploited Children and Young People to launch an online version of Escape magazine exposing exploitation strategies and educating young people in making themselves less vulnerable to sex gangs operating in many communities across the UK. We are also collaborating with the founder of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, Sheffield City College and Crimestoppers International in the delivery of bespoke training on these issues to frontline community workers (including teachers, social workers, police officers and healthcare professionals).
Prevention Education in Romania
Love146 is working with our partners in Romania - Nea Zoi, Ratiu Centre for Democracy and the Romanian Anti-Trafficking Police Force - to train and empower young activists as advocates against human trafficking. So far over 100 young people in 3 cities have received training and have committed themselves to impacting their communities, schools and institutions. We’ve also worked with local community groups to build their capacity to support these young people and monitor their activities, allowing them to gain certification as Youth Advocates. We are planning further training in Romania and Bulgaria. By training and empowering local people to impact their local communities, we aim to achieve irreversible cultural change that will make places like Romania and Bulgaria increasingly hostile towards traffickers.
Shaping Government Policy
We are presently working with a leading UK policy thinktank – The Centre for Social Justice, founded by the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – in its conducts of a national inquiry into modern slavery. The aim of this in-depth policy review is to identify how the UK is reacting to the number of slaves held within its borders. It will shortly report on the nature and extent of this growing problem, aiding the development of evidence-led policy recommendations and an implementation strategy to enable the UK to be the benchmark for anti-slavery practice in Europe and around the world.
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