Human Trafficking: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made to the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates service in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date in each of the early adopter sites (i) Wales, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) Greater Manchester; and how many of those children went missing during those periods for each of those areas.

Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made to the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates service in (a) 2017 and (b) 2018 to date for looked after children in each of the early adopter sites (i) Wales, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) Greater Manchester; and how many of those looked after children went missing from care in each of those areas in those periods.

Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of children who will benefit from individual support through the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates service by country of origin in (a) 2019-20 and (b) 2020-21.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

An interim assessment of the first year of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocate (ICTA) service (February 2017January 2018) and associated data tables were published in July 2018 and can be found:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-assessment-of-independent-child-trafficking-advocates-interim-findings

Data on referrals split by early adopter site is published in Table A1, and on children who went missing in C1. The data are not broken down to show if a child is looked after. Data on referrals between February 2018 and Janu-ary 2019 will be published in a final report in Spring 2019.

In July, the Government announced that it would roll out the ICTA service to one third of local authorities by April 2019. Following the expansion of the service, around one third of all children that we estimate will be referred into the NRM will be eligible to access the ICTA service in England and Wales. This estimate has not been broken down by country of origin.

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