Conference: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Modern Child Slavery
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A one-day conference for front line practitioners (police; social workers; lawyers, health workers), policy officers and academics interested in better understanding the causes and consequences of trafficking for children and young people. We aim to explore the development of holistic integrated interdisciplinary approaches to finding durable solutions for trafficked young people, increasing their protection in the present and for the future.
Registration Fee covering Lunch and Refreshments
Kevin Hyland OBE, Anti Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a leading barrister and an expert in human rights law
Speakers/Contributors to include:
Debbie Ariyo OBE, (Founder and Chief Executive of AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse), Phil Brewer (Detective Chief Inspector SCO7(1) Trafficking & Kidnap Unit, the Metropolitan Police Service), Lynne Chitty (UK Care Director of Love146 and specialist in safeguarding trafficked children), Professor Gary Craig (Emeritus Professor of Social Justice, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull), Mike Dottridge (Consultant in Child Rights, former Director of Anti-Slavery International and current Trustee of the UN Slavery Fund), Mandy John-Baptiste (Team Manager, Child Trafficking Advice Centre, NSPCC and Qualified Social Worker), Professor Cornelius Katona (Medical Director, Helen Bamber Foundation and Refugee and Asylum Mental Health Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists), Kalvir Kaur (Solicitor, Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit), Dr Michael Korzinksi (Psychologist, Consultant on psychosocial approaches to trauma work), Sheila Melzak (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Director the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile), Bharti Patel (Chief Executive, ECPAT UK), Baljeet Sandhu (Solicitor and Founding Director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), Islington Law Centre), James Simmonds-Read (Trafficked Boys and Young Men’s Practitioner, The Children’s Society), Philippa Southwell (Criminal defence, human trafficking and modern slavery specialist solicitor, and Head of the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Department, Birds Solicitors), Mimi Vu (Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Pacific Links, Vietnam), Frances Webber (Vice-chair of Institute of Race Relations and previously an immigration and human rights barrister until retirement).
Over the past several years an increasing number of children and adolescents from overseas have been identified as having been trafficked. They have been sold, kidnapped or exploited as slaves in their countries of origin, on their journeys into exile and/or their arrival to the UK. Most have specific, pre-existing vulnerabilities in their lives prior to being trafficked. These vulnerabilities are compounded by traffickers through manipulation, the repressive creation of fear, physical and psychological violence, ruthless control, religious rituals, deceit, manipulation and exploitation.
Experiences of trafficking during childhood and adolescence often have a profound negative effect on a young person’s development and future. Many suffer symptoms of trauma, loss, developmental difficulties, and a variety of physical and psychosomatic health problems. Failure to address their care, protection and health needs in a holistic, integrated way at the earliest opportunity can affect survivors’ long term mental and physical health, placing them at risk of further harm or re-trafficking. It can also have an impact on the health and well-being of future generations as a result of impaired relationship and parenting skills.
The purpose of this interactive conference is to share knowledge about working with children trafficked from overseas within and between disciplines; to raise awareness of their needs, rights and entitlements, including access to justice; to explore the opportunities for and the barriers and challenges to the provision of effective, holistic multi-disciplinary work with limited resources in the face of the complexities of each young person’s individual personal and legal situation (including victim identification, child and vulnerable adult safeguarding and protection, provision of holistic care including physical and mental health care, age assessments, criminal investigations and NRM and asylum processes); and to develop consensus recommendations across diverse professional disciplines with the aim of ensuring that durable and realistic long terms solutions are found for each trafficked young person from overseas who finds themselves in the UK.