Spotting the Signs of Child Trafficking in the NHS: Roma Children, Pregnancy and Exploitation.
PHE ePoster Library. Saunders K. 09/12/19; 274440; 236
Karen Saunders
Karen Saunders
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Abstract PHE West Midlands are working with the Barnardo's Panel for the Protection of Trafficked Children after identifying a trend in Roma (predominantly Romanian) children being discussed at multiagency panels. There are a disproportionately high number of under-18 pregnancies in this cohort and apparent links to benefit fraud and wider exploitation. When presenting in maternity services, often the girls are accompanied by an adult male (‘Uncle') or/and an adult female (‘Aunt'). These adults often speak on behalf of the girls and their primary concern is to gain a MatB1 form from the midwife or doctor. There are examples of girls stating they are pregnant with their first child, however upon examination it is clear this is a subsequent pregnancy or birth. Building on previous work with the health sector, to raise awareness of modern slavery, we are working to we ensure practitioners understand what to do if they encounter a child they believe is a victim of modern slavery; how we can ensure improved information sharing; how we improve positive engagement with Roma communities and how can we support frontline practitioners to better understand the signs of exploitation. Working in partnership we are co-producing and informing wider resources to identify and respond to child victims and enable disruptive opportunities, legislation and tactical options, all aiming to strengthen responses for children at prevent, protect and pursue levels. This is informed by our previous and highly successful work on addressing child sexual exploitation and our public health approach to modern slavery. External funding details
Abstract PHE West Midlands are working with the Barnardo's Panel for the Protection of Trafficked Children after identifying a trend in Roma (predominantly Romanian) children being discussed at multiagency panels. There are a disproportionately high number of under-18 pregnancies in this cohort and apparent links to benefit fraud and wider exploitation. When presenting in maternity services, often the girls are accompanied by an adult male (‘Uncle') or/and an adult female (‘Aunt'). These adults often speak on behalf of the girls and their primary concern is to gain a MatB1 form from the midwife or doctor. There are examples of girls stating they are pregnant with their first child, however upon examination it is clear this is a subsequent pregnancy or birth. Building on previous work with the health sector, to raise awareness of modern slavery, we are working to we ensure practitioners understand what to do if they encounter a child they believe is a victim of modern slavery; how we can ensure improved information sharing; how we improve positive engagement with Roma communities and how can we support frontline practitioners to better understand the signs of exploitation. Working in partnership we are co-producing and informing wider resources to identify and respond to child victims and enable disruptive opportunities, legislation and tactical options, all aiming to strengthen responses for children at prevent, protect and pursue levels. This is informed by our previous and highly successful work on addressing child sexual exploitation and our public health approach to modern slavery. External funding details
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