Knowledge & Practice Hub

Child trafficking knowledge and practice hub

Learning points

  • Understand the professional roles and responsibilities of social workers and local authorities in relation to child trafficking, including how to manage referrals and investigate suspected cases.
  • Spot the signs and assess the risks of child trafficking in typical categories of cases including criminal exploitation, domestic servitude and labour exploitation.
  • Explains the ‘duty to notify’ the Home Office of potential victims of trafficking and the process for referring suspected victims to the National Referral Mechanism.


Swati Pande

Swati Pande is a social worker and practice educator. She is the assistant manager of the NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre, involved in advising on complex cases, expert witness work, training for UK statutory agencies and source countries such as Vietnam, China and Romania and contributing to international dialogues. She also sits on the National Referral Mechanism multi-agency decision-making panel.

Swati has written all the guides and resources in this hub. The audio interview with a trafficked young person was carried out by a social worker at the NSPCC centre.

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