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Children's House Pilot Project

In 2018 we opened the Unseen Children’s House. This pilot project was the first specialised safehouse for trafficked children in the UK.

Up to 60% of trafficked children disappear from care. We opened the Ofsted-registered Unseen Children’s House as a trial to explore ways to reduce this shocking statistic.

Volunteer house parents provided a loving family environment for up to three trafficked children, while a specialist staff team provided bespoke support, and increased security features kept children safe.

Adam's story

Adam (not his real name) had been found in the back of a lorry entering the UK, distressed and alone..

He spent seven months at the Children’s House, where he thrived – building his confidence and forming a strong bond with his house parents and the support staff. He enjoyed house activities like arts and crafts, film nights and outings to the countryside, as well as learning English.

He is now safely settled into a new home and enjoying continuing his schooling.

Adam was one of four children supported at the Children’s House, none of whom, crucially, went missing.

What next in our work with trafficked children?

The Unseen Children’s House kept children safe, supported them emotionally, and prevented more exploitation. We believe it could provide a model that could be replicated across the country to reduce the number of trafficked children going missing. It could also save money too.

We have put together a report on pilot project and, working with other organisations in the sector, including the police and social care, we are using the recommendations from the report to push for a change in approach to trafficked children.

This will include urging the Government and relevant departments to address the issue.

Read the news story

Download the full report (pdf)