Unicef UK takes a child rights based approach to protecting children. We use international standards and best practice to transform law, policy and practice in the UK. We work in partnership with others to promote the rights of the most vulnerable children, and campaign to bring public attention to the plight of trafficked children. We call on key decision-makers in government to ensure new legislation and initiatives to tackle modern slavery are effective in preventing child trafficking and supporting victims.

Globally, Unicef works with governments, NGOs and others on all aspects of anti-trafficking responses – prevention, protection and prosecution. We assist governments in strengthening laws, policies and child protection systems, and setting standards to combat child trafficking; work with communities to change practices that exacerbate children’s vulnerabilities to trafficking; and support the training of professionals working with children to effectively deal with trafficking.

Unicef's guidelines for protecting child trafficking victims put the best interests of trafficked children at the heart of any decisions that affect them. They set out international standards for governments and others to protect and assist trafficked children from the point of identification to their recovery and reintegration.

Unicef UK is a member of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, which was established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s implementation of the Council of Europe Trafficking Convention

Uncief is part of the Refugee Children's Consortium, which works to ensure the rights and needs of refugee children are promoted, respected and fulfilled, and that children in the UK immigration system are kept safe from harm.

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Policy paper: Protecting children from trafficking through guardianship

Briefing: The indicative costs and efficiencies of guardianship

Written evidence on the Modern Slavery Bill

Guardianship cost-benefit analysis

Briefing: Second Reading of the Modern Slavery Bill in the House of Lords

Time to Deliver: A report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group 

 
It is estimated that millions of children are trafficked every year but the exact figure is not known. Child trafficking is a human rights violation and a crime. © UNICEF/HQ11-2241/Dormino
It is estimated that millions of children are trafficked every year but the exact figure is not known. Child trafficking is a human rights violation and a crime.© UNICEF/HQ11-2241/Dormino