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Children: Asylum

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department gives to local authorities on the placement of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking. (228709)

The Government recognise the particular vulnerability of unaccompanied asylum seeking children who may have been trafficked into the UK. This is why in December 2007 we issued “Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked”, to supplement the statutory guidance, “Working Together to Safeguard Children”. Paragraphs 7.55 to 7.64 of this further guidance provides information for local authorities about the steps they will need to take to ensure that any potentially trafficked child that they look after is effectively safeguarded.