Consultation on independent child trafficking guardians

Date: 18th September 2019
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Right to life, survival and development

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Closing date: 17th November 2019

The consultation, published by the Scottish Government, seeks views to help design the role of independent child trafficking guardians and a national service to support the role.

Responses will help inform draft regulations and guidance supporting the implementation of Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015. The section places a duty on Scottish Ministers to make arrangements for an Independent Child Trafficking Guardian to be appointed for a child:

  • whom a relevant authority has reasonable grounds to believe is or may be a victim of human trafficking;
  • whom a relevant authority has reasonable grounds to believe is vulnerable to becoming a victim of human trafficking; and
  • for whom no-one in the UK has parental rights or responsibilities.

The consultation is split into two sections:

  • part one focused on the proposed regulations as defined under section 11(7); and
  • part two focused on wider operational details.

Read more about the consultation.