The Nationality and Borders Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 5th January 2022. The Bill includes far reaching reforms to modern slavery legislation; extensively changing the system for identifying, protecting and supporting victims of trafficking. This briefing sets out our concerns about the impact on children and young people and the lack of consideration of their needs and rights.
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The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and ECPAT UK have today launched Child trafficking in the UK: a snapshot. The report provides an outline of child trafficking between October 2020 and October 2021, including the latest data, policy developments, examples of promising practice and challenges faced by practitioners. It concludes with a series of 10 recommendations aimed at a range of stakeholders.
The government’s new nationality and borders bill will significantly impact children’s rights to protection and leave them at risk of dangerous journeys, trafficking and criminalisation. The legislation does not just contain measures on immigration which fail to protect those in need of safety but also makes extensive changes to the identification, protection and support of victims of trafficking and modern slavery, which is not an immigration matter.