Update, July 2021: We discovered that shockingly low numbers of trafficked children are being given the right to stay in the UK and recover in safety. Many have been left more vulnerable by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the government’s new Nationality and Borders Bill will remove hard won protections and put them directly in harm’s way. This is an urgent human rights and child protection crisis. Please take a stand by signing the petition below and tweeting your MP.

Trafficked and unaccompanied children are just like other young people their age – full of potential and with hopes and dreams for the future.

Following the trauma of exploitation and often difficult journeys, many young people find arriving in the UK and being identified as a victim is not the end of their ordeal but the beginning of a new one.

Young people find themselves in many complex and confusing situations – often encountering police, interpreters, social workers, foster carers, lawyers and immigration officials without the support of a trusted adult.

What’s more, the government’s immigration policies leave many facing long term uncertainty as they wait to find out if they are allowed to stay in the UK, access education and other services and build a future.

Being left in limbo can have devastating consequences on all aspects of their lives, particularly their mental health, and leaves them at risk of further harm by those seeking to exploit their vulnerability.

No child or young person should have to shoulder all this alone – particularly those who have experienced trauma and need special support to recover. Giving trafficked young people stable futures is the right thing to do.

Click here to ask the government to give young people their futures back

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