Dame Vera praises the research conducted by Dame Sara and the children’s rights organisation Every Child Protected Against Trafficking

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC has praised the review from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton examining how child victims of trafficking can be better safeguarded which has been published today (12 August).

Entitled ‘A review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking’ the research is a collaboration between Dame Sara and the children’s rights organisation Every Child Protected Against Trafficking.

It explores what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking, and makes recommendations for best practice including potential future devolved National Referral Mechanism (NRM) decision making.

The NRM is a framework designed to identify and refer potential victims of modern slavery, and ensure they receive the appropriate support which was introduced by the Government in 2009.

Welcoming the review Dame Vera said: “This report is just one example of the excellent leadership of Dame Sara.

“The NRM is imperfect as even though a child may have been identified as a victim they can still slip through the cracks as a result of insufficient links to local safeguarding; and gaps in knowledge between trafficking experts and children services.

“I applaud Dame Sara’s determination to solve this problem, and her review represents a key step which should pave the way for better protection and support for these young people who are some of our most vulnerable victims of crime,” she said.