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Human Trafficking

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Doocey Baroness Doocey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the local authority pilot project of the London Safeguarding Trafficked Children guidance and toolkit of February 2011 involving the councils of Camden, Croydon, Glasgow, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kent, Manchester, Slough, Solihull and Southwark; and whether they have published any such assessment of this initiative.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government have not conducted an assessment of the London Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) Safeguarding Trafficked Children guidance and toolkit. However, I am aware that the LSCB Trafficking sub-group who prepared and published the guidance and toolkit, conducted an internal snapshot survey in Spring 2012, which focused on use of the toolkit by London boroughs. The headline findings were referenced in the Centre for Social Justice Report It Happens Here' published in March 2013.

Following the survey the London Board plan to stage a number of events this financial year to refresh and heighten awareness of the guidance and toolkit across London and nationally.

In the meantime, the Government continue to take every opportunity to actively promote the London Safeguarding Board Trafficking toolkit.

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