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Child Trafficking Advocate

Section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced Independent Child Trafficking Advocates to be available to represent and support children where there are reasonable grounds to believe they may be victims of human trafficking.

A one year trial of the Independent Child Trafficking Service took place across 23 local authority areas in England in 2015. Following this, in July 2016, it was announced that the Government proposes to introduce independent child trafficking advocates at three early adopter sites which will be chosen by competition. The Home Office with the Department for Education (DfE) is also commissioning a training programme for existing independent advocates.