Providing specialist advice and knowledge
We provide advice to professionals and advocates where children are being moved across borders and there are safeguarding concerns for trafficking.
We help employees working for organisations with safeguarding responsibilities who come into contact with children who may have been trafficked – such as UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI).
And we carry out training and share practice in countries that children are trafficked from to the UK.
We also have specialist knowledge about child social welfare laws and guidance, immigration legislation and policy changes and trafficking case law. Through our cases and work with young people, we’ve developed expertise which we apply to our work and use to help others. This not only includes detailed knowledge about the ways children are trafficked but also about disclosures. It’s always difficult for children and young people to tell someone about abuse, but foreign national children who have been trafficked can face extra difficulties – they may be alone, speak a different language or simply not know where to get help and support.
Who are we?
We're a multidisciplinary team of qualified social workers, a National Crime Agency (NCA) liaison officer and a seconded immigration officer.
We're all accredited child protection trainers, OISE Immigration level 1 trained and have experience in both statutory and international work. The CTAC team has a range of other qualifications including international social work and refugee studies, women and child abuse, counselling skills, teaching, theology and psychosocial sciences.
Giving young people a voice
Young people have always been involved in the development and delivery of CTAC – ever since we started in 2007. We want them to have a voice in decisions and changes that may affect them and make a positive impact on policy and practice around child trafficking. So we work closely with a group of young people who were trafficked into the UK. They meet with us regularly to discuss issues and give advice, make recommendations and help with research. Along with the CTAC team, young people also deliver training and presentations to professionals.
Working in partnership to help children
We work in partnership with a number of agencies and organisations including:
- the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- the Home Office
- the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC; part of the Organised Crime Command*)
- the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)*
- UK Visas and Immigration
* Commands within the National Crime Agency