In 2013 they ran 1,000 miles with one mission: ensuring children trafficked into the U.K. get the care they deserve.
About U.K. Survivor Support
For social workers, we offer case-specific supervision, information on best-practices for case management, and professional support for working with trafficked young people. We also support the young person whilst in foster care or other accommodation, ensuring individual planning for their needs (safety, education, health, legal, etc). We also work with foster carers to ensure they’re equipped and supported in providing the best care possible to the young person.
For some young people, safe accommodation is more appropriate than foster placement. So in 2014, Love146 began a pilot safe accommodation programme with highly trained staff, offering 24/7 care for young people trafficked from abroad. Safe accommodation can also act as an emergency placement, in a holistically supportive environment, where assessments and immediate safeguarding can take place.
Our care is not time limited and won’t necessarily end when a young person leaves “the system.” Instead we journey with survivors of trafficking for as long as it takes. Understanding their needs and risks, we continue to support them, empowering them as they gain stability and independence. This care is voluntary on the part of the survivor: it’s their choice. When they have the resilience to respond to the challenges of adolescence and to navigate successfully in adulthood they will no longer need regular support. If they reject or don’t prefer contact from Love146 at any time in their journey, they know that they can call us again for support. We don’t close a case, and the survivors we work with know we’re committed to supporting their journey of freedom, whatever that looks like for them.
Love146 can offer the following expert service provision:
Lynne Chitty – Love146 UK Care Director E: firstname.lastname@example.org M (UK): 07763 357 123
In 2014-15, Love146 delivered Safe Accommodation for trafficked and exploited children and young people, located on the South Coast (UK). Through the delivery of this provision we were able to:
Build trusting and supportive relationships, empower each child / young person, and promote self-esteem.
Assess educational and training needs
Provide progressive and effective independence training
Provide continued oversight and vigilance for each child / young person
Promote a multi-agency approach to enable each child / young person to integrate into the community.
The children we worked with were in stable, secure accommodation, and free from further risks of exploitation. The Safe Accommodation created effective support around the trafficked child or young person. The outcomes evidenced were:
A reduction in the level of risk/harm
Recovery from bereavement/trauma
The development of healthy and trusting relationships
The ability to identify abusive/exploitative behaviour
The ability to describe safety strategies
Stable and secure accommodation
Increased awareness of rights
Access to information on housing, health, benefits, rights or support needs (including legal advice)
Love146 has the expertise to provide a 24/7 Safe Assessment Centre for trafficked and exploited children and young people, located in the identified area of need.
The primary target population would be international minors, ages 16-25, working within a model that addresses the trafficking assessment (NRM), risk assessment (current and ongoing) and age assessment.
The time scale for these assessments, completed at the Safe Assessment Centre, would be child centered and at the child’s pace. However, the aim would be to support Children’s Services to complete the assessment process in their timescales.
Our goals for an assessment programme are the following:
To ensure that the child or young person feels safe – and is in reality safe (placed on the immediate safety plan).
To build a trusting and supportive relationship with each child or young person, empowering her or him, and promoting self-esteem.
To conduct an assessment of immediate and on-going health needs.
To assess educational and training needs of each child or young person, and provide an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), language, literacy and numeracy package.
To provide continued oversight and vigilance for each child or young person.
To promote a multi-agency approach to enable each child or young person to complete the assessment process, ensuring that appropriate future plans can be implemented.
By working together with the police and other agencies to ensure intelligence is shared effectively, the Safe Assessment Centre would help improve front-line policing to deter traffickers and break the control they have over their victims.
Stage 1: Immediate Safeguarding
Upon placement, the child will undergo intensive and specific assessment of risk of exploitation and health needs. The child will be placed on an immediate Safety Plan (available upon request) and their immediate and on-going health needs will be assessed.
Stage 1 addresses issues of overall health, education, intelligence and immigration.
At the end of Stage 1, staff will be able to clearly assess the following:
Clarification of the likely level of risk of exploitation by organised traffickers or other persons.
Identification of any potential contribution to Police investigations.
Detailed and specific assessment of the immediate and on-going (health and educational) needs in relation to the child.
Provision of information enabling Social Services departments to plan for the next stage of social work intervention.
Agreement on on-going involvement of other agencies, including the Police, Immigration Service and Health Professionals.
Movement to Stage 2 / Safety Plan Reduction Program (available upon request), if risk assessment of the child deems this a safe option.
It is envisaged that each placement within the Love146 Safe Assessment Centre will last between 4-6 weeks. However, we understand appropriate move on provision may take longer to provide. All placements should provide enough time for the Social Worker to complete the necessary assessments.
The Safe Assessment centre would have the capacity for 5 young people to be placed for a period of time sufficient for immediate safeguarding and all necessary assessments to be undertaken.
Taking into account the accommodation capacity, and the period of time taken to complete the necessary assessments, the Love146 Safe Assessment Centre could have the capacity to immediately safeguard and assess up to 40 young people per year. This would be dependent upon the following:
The availability of move on placements (see Foster Care training provided by Love146)
The initial availability of a placement within the Safe Assessment Centre
Costing’s can be provided on a monthly basis for 5 Beds to include the above mentioned services.
The minimum period to deliver this service is 6 months, based upon full support and funding.
Stage 2: Safety Plan Reduction Programme – Next Placement (Love146 Specialist Independent Accommodation / Specialist Foster Placement)
Stage 2 will continue to address issues of overall health, education, social reintegration, criminal and child protection investigation, the National Referral Mechanism and the Asylum Process.
In Stage 2, the child will go onto the Safety Plan Reduction Programme (available upon request). There will be a multi-agency decision during Stage 2 working towards full independence. In this regard, the staff will do the following:
Review meeting with all agencies working with the young person to evaluate presenting and on-going risk.
If no further levels of risk, continue the Safety Plan Reduction Programme.
If continued levels of risk or concerns of risk increase, the Safety Plan can be reinstated in parts or in its entirety should an agency raise any safeguarding concerns.
At end Stage 2, the child will be taken off the Safety Plan Reduction Programme and integrated into the community to undertake independent living.
This service would ensure the Emergency Accommodation is viably sustainable with a team of specialist workers available for the immediate placement of a Young Person.
Love146 wants to fully support Children’s Services with their future plans for safeguarding potential victims of trafficking. It is not viable to safeguard a potential trafficked young person within B&B accommodation, as this does not allow for 24/7 care.
We would endeavour to work with Children’s Services should a young person need to be placed in an emergency situation. The placement should be no longer than 48 hours, giving time for the LA to find an appropriate placement, and would be staffed by 2 Specialist Workers, enabling 24/7 care.
A longer-term emergency placement will not enable a sense of safety to be brought to the young person. A young person needs to be safe, and feel safe, in order for them to be effectively safeguarded.
Where viable, the aim would be to move the Young Person into the Safe Assessment Centre within a 48 period.
Love146 delivers 1-1 support to young people in Foster Care placements, with all work being tailored to meet the the needs of the young person. A trafficking assessment is completed, as well as placement and external environment risk assessments. These help identify which interventions are needed and negotiated where appropriate from the outset with the carer and young person. All interventions are monitored and evaluated by those involved with the young person.
The support work with the young person can cover:
Identification of abusive/exploitative behaviour.
Recovery from bereavement/trauma.
Development of healthy/trusting relationships.
The outcomes of this work include:
An ability to describe safety strategies.
A reduction in level of risk/harm.
A stable and secure accommodation.
Increased awareness of rights.
Access to information on housing, health, benefits, rights, support needs (including legal advice).
Love146 ensures all Foster Carers are able to:
Identify safety needs of the trafficked young person in their care
Work within the Immediate Safety Plan
Work within the safety plan reduction programme
We also ensure the carer is supported in meeting the cultural needs of the young person.
Placement & Young Person Social Worker
Love146 can provide specialist supervision as required for all Social Workers involved in the placement of a trafficked young person. This can take place while the Social Worker’s managers are undertaking the trafficking training and beyond where necessary. Love146 will support the Social Worker through the complexities and issues faced by the trafficked young person, and direct support through the Golden Hour process should the YP go missing.
Love146 already provides Specialist Independent Accommodation to ensure the continuing safeguarding of care leavers who are at risk of modern slavery. This wrap around service includes the following interventions:
Love146 has delivered extensive training to practitioners working with children and young people, specifically those who have responsibilities for responding to, and safeguarding, child victims of human trafficking. This training is tailored to suit the needs of practitioners working at both a local / national level, and those working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The training provides advice and guidance around the risk indicators, immediate safeguarding needs, the ‘Golden Hour’ response and current best practice guidelines. The training can include an introduction to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the framework for identifying victims of human trafficking, and how to use it in suspected cases with particular reference to child victims.
We have also delivered training to Local Authority and Private Foster Carers and their supporting Social Workers.
Specialist Supported Accommodation (safe move on accommodation) provided by Love146 is tailored to the individual needs of a young person, particularly as survivors of trafficking are more vulnerable than other young people. Empowering young people who have been trafficked and allowing them the opportunity to take risks, learn and grow in a safe way will help them to move away from their trafficker and reduce the risk of being re-trafficked. This will require considerable professional skill, judgement, engagement and attention to the young person’s developing and changing needs. For young people who have been trafficked and exploited, Love146 has the understanding of the impact of trafficking and the ongoing risks of re-trafficking and risk indicators to be able to safeguard the young person.
Planning the transition to adulthood for unaccompanied trafficked young people is a particularly complex process that needs to address the young person’s care needs in the context of wider asylum and immigration legislation and must reflect how these needs change over time. The fear of returning to their home country, and often the reprisals to them and their family by the traffickers, is very real. Love146 has the expertise in supporting young people to navigate these complex issues, whilst providing safe and supportive accommodation.
No time for breakfast. Meet a new youth coming into our care. Go over safety planning. On to next appointment. Grab a salad. Meet with another youth who was the victim of a traumatic assault. Try not to cry. Remind myself that with the right support we know they can have wonderful lives.
A recent report from from the UK has everyone talking. On the surface, the news is disheartening. The number of British national children referred through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) has gone up by an astonishing 66 percent since 2016. In fact, the new numbers don’t point to an actual surge, but a noticeable change in practice of frontline staff who have received better NRM training and are now able to identify these children.
In the UK more than a third of all trafficking victims are children. Many were brought here with false promises, threats, and abuse. Because it’s not an easily visible crime, it’s a bit hard to believe — that such a progressive and generous nation could still hold so many children in modern slavery. But it’s true. These young people are all around us: working in your local nail bar, at the carwash on the corner, as domestic servants, or forced to grow and sell drugs. The truth is, if they are invisible, it is because we have not taken the trouble to see them.
A group of four ambitious bike riders traversed the French countryside on a fundraising tour for Love146. Their grit and determination reminds us that childhood is not the only time to which these kinds of adventures should be confined, inspiring us to dust off our bikes and relive our childhoods so that trafficked children may yet have an opportunity to live theirs.
This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Love146 UK team. More children than ever need the support we offer, and we have just taken steps towards serving more young people with the addition of several new team members. Growing our capacity is one of the practical ways that we offer young people the very best that we can.
For a lot of us, the holiday season has its challenges. It reminds us how things “ought to be,” and we may find ourselves wishing our lives and families looked more like the happy, healthy ones we see in movies and Christmas cards. This is true for many children in Love146’s global survivor care programs. We’re determined to do whatever it takes to help them feel important and loved during the holidays!
Tuyen was trafficked into the UK, exploited as a domestic slave, forced to work in a nail bar, and then then forced into sexual exploitation. As was the case with Tuyen, Love146 supports young people in foster placements, being present with them when they speak with the police, and assisting them through the court process. We’re there for as long as they need us, whatever it takes.
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There are a number of ways through which we can create a partnership:
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