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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
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Home Office more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers advocates will have during the pilot advocate scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-28more like thismore than 2014-04-28
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>In January 2014 the Home Office announced proposals to trial specialist, <br>independent advocates for trafficked children which is due to begin this <br>summer. This trial forms part of the Government's work to eradicate modern day <br>slavery and as such there are no plans for this trial to be extended to <br>unaccompanied children. <br><br>The Child Trafficking Advocate will be fully independent from the local <br>authority, but will need to work with the existing structures around the Child <br>Trafficking Victim, such as children's services, education, criminal justice <br>system and immigration system.<br><br>The advocate role is intended to deliver the best outcomes for children. The <br>advocate's role will include the following activities but this is not an <br>exhaustive list and we expect the advocate to respond to the specific needs of <br>the child. <br><br>• being a consistent point of contact for the Child Trafficking Victim;<br>• assisting the local authority to assess the needs of the Child Trafficking <br>Victim as a victim of trafficking, thereby promoting the safety and wellbeing <br>of the Child Trafficking Victim (in particular in light of the risk of <br>re-trafficking);<br>• making recommendations for referrals to other services (e.g. mental health <br>services) to ensure the Child Trafficking Victim receives educational, medical, <br>practical and legal support they need and deserve;<br>• accompanying the Child Trafficking Victim to certain meetings - e.g. with an <br>immigration lawyer;<br>• supporting the Child Trafficking Victim in any age assessment process;<br>• supporting the Child Trafficking Victim in overcoming language and cultural <br>barriers;<br>• supporting witnesses through the criminal justice system;<br>• supporting looked after children and children in need through the care <br>system, in particular in safety planning, age assessment and future planning;<br>• assisting the local authority to plan for the Child Trafficking Victim's <br>future and receive any compensation that they may be entitled to;<br>• helping prevent the Child Trafficking Victim from facing further exploitation <br>or harm from traffickers (and the risks of going missing);<br>• providing advice on immigration, criminal justice and welfare matters to the <br>Child Trafficking Victim and arranging effective legal representation;<br>• involvement in the key decisions relating to the Child Trafficking Victim <br>(but final decisions would remain the responsibility of the local authority or <br>Home Office, where relevant).<br><br>The Home Office is commissioning an independent evaluation of the trial which <br>will report six months after the trial commences. The evaluation will include <br>the terms of reference for the trial.</p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Staffordshire Moorlands more like this
star this property answering member printed Karen Bradley more like this
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196473 more like this
196474 more like this
196475 more like this
196477 more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Karen Bradley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this