Migrant Help staff attend the launch of new service aimed at supporting child victims of trafficking.

On Friday 27 April, Migrant Help staff attended the launch of ‘Believe in Children’, a new Independent Guardian Service run by Barnardo’s in Northern Ireland that aims to support child victims of trafficking. It will help children who are victims of human trafficking, and who are separated from their families and home countries. It is being introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act and is funded by the Health Social Care Board.

Migrant Help in Northern Ireland, over the past three years, has supported several young male victims of slavery who have reached the age of 18 years from Glenmona Children’s Home in Belfast. Once out of the care system, Migrant Help works closely with these young adults to help them integrate into their community.

Anne Graham, Victims of Slavery Support Adviser, said: “Migrant Help work closely alongside other agencies to make the path as smooth as possible for clients who transition from one service to another”. In the past, collaboration with the British Red Cross has enabled us to trace the families of these young people, demonstrating the importance of good partner relationships.

Read more: http://www.itv.com/news/utv/2018-04-27/new-service-aims-to-support-child-victims-of-trafficking/