Update, October 2020: We've obtained data showing shockingly low numbers of child victims are being given the right to stay in the UK, despite the government's duties to children. This leaves young people at risk of re-trafficking and further harm. Please take a stand by signing the petition below and tweeting your MP.

Update, March 2020: The Covid-19 crisis has shown how vital it is to properly support vulnerable people. Amid the pandemic, child victims of trafficking are losing access to essential services and contact, leaving them isolated and at risk of re-trafficking and harm. 5 years ago, the government committed to providing guardians for child victims of trafficking in its Modern Slavery Act. But most child victims are still waiting for this specialist support - needed now more than ever. 

If you have a document [proving your immigration status] it means you have the opportunity to do lots of things. You start living like normal people. Without a document you’re not like normal people. The Home Office tells you what you can and can't do. [When you have the right to remain in the UK] you’re not scared anymore. You can decide what you want to do and pursue your future.

Trafficked and unaccompanied teenagers are just like other young people their age, with hopes and dreams for the future. While they may have experienced unimaginable trauma, they are resilient, resourceful and full of potential. Yet under the current system, they are often unable to recover, live stable lives and plan for their future. Following difficult journeys to the UK, unaccompanied children may be victims of trafficking, but this often goes undetected by the authorities as there is no one for them to confide in.

Young people who are recognised as victims often find this is not the end of their ordeal but the beginning of a new one. All young people should have the security to plan for their futures as they reach adulthood. Young people who have experienced serious trauma and abuse need even greater stability in order to recover and rebuild their lives. But the UK Government is currently denying these children their right to recovery and to live lives that meet their full potential.

Join us in calling on the government to give trafficked children their futures back

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